Following a 2015-16 season that began with his Opernhaus Zürich debut in La Bohème and concluded with a debut at Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen in an L’elisir d’amore that is now available on DVD, Andrei Bondarenko looks ahead to a 2016-17 season with more house debuts in favorite roles.
The Ukrainian baritone begins with his first American performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, opening the Dallas Opera’s season with music director Emmanuel Villaume at the podium. Andrei stars alongside Svetlana Aksenova as Tatyana and Stephen Costello as Lensky (October 28, 30; November 2, 5). He also reprises the role of Tchaikovsky’s antihero for his Deutsche Oper Berlin debut opposite Sonya Yoncheva and Benjamin Bernheim with Ivan Repusic conducting Götz Friedrich’s production (December 12, 15, 20).
In the comedic opera vein, Andrei reprises the swaggering role of Belcore at the Bayerische Staatsoper (November 27, 30; December 2). Returning to the Munich stage for this revival of Elisir, he is paired with Pretty Yende as Adina, Attala Ayan as Nemorino, Erwin Schrott as Dulcamara, and Tara Erraught as Giannetta. Daniele Callegari conducts.
2016 concludes for Andrei with a three-performance run of La bohème at Oper Köln, where he was heard twice this year in works by Rossini and Mozart, as Marcello (December 23, 25, 28). He encores the Puccinian painter at Opernhaus Zürich in the production he originated for his company debut last year (April 15, 19, 22, 29; May 6, 10).
In between, Andrei makes his Scottish debut as one of the title characters in Pelléas et Mélisande. Directed by Sir David McVicar, the production is seen and heard in both Glasgow and Edinburgh (February 23, 26; March 1, 4, 7, 9, 11).