As was announced by the company this week, Andrei Bondarenko will make two role debuts with Opernhaus Zürich in its 2017-18 season. The Ukrainian baritone, who made a splash as Marcello in La bohème for his 2015 house debut, a role he reprises in Zürich this spring, will be heard in two French works by Ravel and Massenet.
Andrei’s time in Zürich in the new season begins in January 2018 with five performances in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole. Presented on a double-bill with the composer’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, the composer’s one-act comic opera features Andrei as Ramiro with Paula Murrihy as Concepcíon, Frédéric Antoun as Gonzlave, Spencer Lang as Torquemada, and Michael Hauenstein as Don Inigo Gomez. Pavel Baleff conducts Jan Eßinger’s production with performances on January 19, 21, 26, 28 and February 1.
In May of 2018, Andrei then sings his first Albert in Massenet’s Werther opposite Piotr Beczala in the title role and with Margarita Gritskova as Charlotte and Rebeca Olvera as Sophie. Lorenzo Viotti conducts performances on May 10, 13, 18, 21, 24, and 29 with a production by Tatjana Gürbaca.