On December 12, Andrei Bondarenko makes his debut with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as the title character in Eugene Onegin. Starring opposite Sonya Yoncheva as Tatiana, Benjamin Bernheim as Lensky, and Annika Schlicht as Olga, the Ukrainian baritone headlines a revival of Götz Friedrich’s production (celebrating its 20th anniversary this year), conducted by Ivan Repusic. Encore performances take place December 15 and 20.
Reprising the role in which he opened the Dallas Opera’s season earlier this autumn, Andrei has earned extensive acclaim as Tchaikovsky’s antihero. “His rich, remarkably consistent baritone and compelling stage presence made the audience understand how Tatyana could fall in love with him after only a single encounter,” wrote the Texas Classical Review of the Dallas run.
“Andrei Bondarenko is perfect for the role of Onegin,” wrote Music OMH of Andrei’s Glyndebourne performance in 2014. “He presents Onegin as one dreams of hearing and seeing him – here is the bored, listless dandy, quite insouciant about the simply ghastly necessity of visiting the sick or existing anywhere out of town – the Vronsky figure to the life, and singing for the most part with such allure as to make clear why such a ripe and ready girl as Tatyana would fall so helplessly in love.”