Andrei Bondarenko launches 2017 on a high note with a return to Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, presented by the Bolshoi Theatre. Under the baton of Alexander Soloviev, the Ukrainian baritone stars opposite Anastasia Kalagina as the Countess, Anna Aglatova as Susanna, and Alexander Miminoshvili in the title role with performances on January 11, 13, and 15.
From there, Andrei returns to the role of Pelléas in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Scottish Opera with performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In a new production by Sir David McVicar (who directed Andrei in another production of Nozze for Opera Australia), Andrei stars opposite Carolyn Sampson as Mélisande, Roland Wood as Golaud, Alastair Miles as Arkel, and Anne Mason as Geneviève. Glasgow showings take place February 23 and 26 and March 1 and 4, followed by Edinburgh presentations on March 7, 9, and 11. Andrei will reprise Pelléas in the same month at Vilnius Opera.
From there, Andrei returns to Opernhaus Zürich to revive his acclaimed debut as Marcello in La Bohème, heard with the company last season. Reuniting with Benjamin Bernheim as Rodolfo with Elsa Dreisig as Musetta and Eleonora Buratto as Mimì, Andrei sings on April 15, 19, 22, 29, and May 6 and 10. While in Zurich, Andrei also gives two chamber concerts with the opera house on May 7 and 8.