Nikolay Didenko


[Please contact Fabiana Dolpiaz for an updated biography and full performance schedule] 

Russian bass Nikolay Didenko graduated from the Moscow Academy of Choral Art in both singing and conducting in 2003. Between 2003 and 2004 he was a soloist of the ‘New Opera’ in Moscow, and until 2005 a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. There he participated in several productions including Turandot, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflote and Tosca.

Following his training Nikolay has had many successes and sung roles which include Frère Laurent in Romeo & Juliet, Don Geronio in Il Turco in Italia, Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Boheme, Alidoro in La Cenerentola and Oroveso in Norma at houses such as Houston Grand Opera, Opera National de Paris Bastille, Royal Danish Opera, Cologne Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, Bilbao Opera, Liceu Barcelona and with Europe Galante to name but a few.

Nikolay also shines on the concert platform, and has performed works such as Mahler 8, Shostakovich Symphonies 13 and 14, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel with orchestras such as the Sao Paolo State Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, Nederlandse Programma Stichtung, VARA Radio, Umeå Symphony Orchestra and with the NTR at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. 

He works regularly with Cologne Opera, recently for La Forza del Destino and Don Giovanni (Leporello) and has also sung La Sonnambula in a new production at the Bolshoi.

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BANEVICH The Story of Kai and Gerda (The Robber's Chief Woman)
BELLINI I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Cappelio)
BELLINI Norma (Oroveso)
BELLINI La Sonnambula (Count Rodolfo)
BEETHOVEN Fidelio (Rocco)
BERLIOZ Benvenuto Cellini (Pope)
BERLIOZ Romeo et Juliet (Fre Laurent)
BERLIOZ Les Troyens (Priam, Deux Capitanes)
DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
DVORAK Rusalka (Vodnik)
HANDEL Julius Caesar (Curius)
KORSAKOV Mozart and Salieri (Salieri)
MOZART La Clemenza di Tito (Publio)
MOZART Cosi fan tutte (Don Alfonso)
MOZART Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Leporello)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (Pimen)
PROKOFIEV The Fiery Angel (Faustus)
PUCCINI La Bohème (Colline)
PUCCINI Tosca (Angelotti)
PUCCINI Madama Butterfly (Bonzo)
PUCCINI Turandot (Mandarin)
ROSSINI Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio)
ROSSINI Il turco in Italia (Geronio)
ROSSINI La Cenerentola (Alidoro)
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Gremin)
VERDI La Forza del Destino (Padre Guardiano)
VERDI Rigoletto (Sparafucile) + (Monterone)
VERDI Falstaff (Pistola)
VERDI Il Trovatore (Ferrando)
VERDI Aida (Ramfis)
VERDI Macbeth (Banquo)
VERDI Don Carlo (Filippo & Grand Inquisitore)
VERDI Un Ballo in Maschera (Samuel)
VERDI Simon Boccanegra (Fiesco)
WAGNER Das Rheingold (Fasolt)
WAGNER Rienzi (Paolo Orsini)


BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis 
MAHLER Symphony No. 8
MOZART Requiem 
PENDERECKI St Luke Passion
PENDERECKI Polish Requiem
RASKATOV Mysterium Magnum
ROSSINI Petite Messe Solennelle
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies No. 13 & No. 14
VERDI Requiem

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Symphony No. 14

Temple Israel, Minneapolis

But the SPCO, conductor Hans Graf and a pair of outstanding singers also made a convincing case that this is music that should be experienced. And, ideally, performed as impeccably as it was on Thursday. Both soprano Dina Kuznetsova and bass Nikolai Didenko compellingly turned each poem into a deeply involving story, each dark night of the soul distinctly different from the last. With the SPCO strings and a battery of percussion eloquently underlining the gripping gravitas, it proved a performance that could cut to listeners' hearts like an Arctic zephyr. Rob Hubbard, 30 January 2014, Pioneer Press


I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Opera North

Nikolay Didenko, darkly commanding as Giulietta's dad...
Lynne Walker, November 2008


The Barber of Seville

New York City Opera

...The best voice of the evening belonged to the Don Basilio of debut basso Nikolai Didenko, who stole the show with his seemingly effortless, subterranean voice and highly developed sense of character, portraying the music teacher as the slimy creature that the composer intended but hardly ever receives.. The New York Sun, October 2005


L’amore dei tre re

N. Didenko (Archibaldo), S. Jakubiak (Fiora), E. Barry (Avito), D. Pershall (Manfredo), J. Prego (Flaminio), J. Gontarz (Handmaiden), M. Dobrowolska (Young Woman), A. Fijałkowska (Old Woman), T. Warmijak (Youth), P. Ronek (Offstage Voice); Chór Filharmonii Narodowej; Polska Orkiestra Radiowa; Łukasz Borowicz [Recorded ‘live’ during a concert performance in the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall on 2 April 2013