Following his return to the Dallas Opera to open the company’s 60th anniversary season, Andrei Bondarenko has earned vociferous acclaim for his part of the title role in Eugene Onegin. A regular interpreter of the role, Andrei was praised for his “ magnificent, huge and burnished baritone voice” by Theater Jones, which went on to add, “It is easy to see why this young baritone is enjoying a major career.… Bondarenko also brings a distinguished bearing and fine acting abilities to the role. He is coolly aloof and formal in the first act, but the façade that hides a passionate nature falls away in the last act as he throws himself at Tatyana’s feet.”
“Andrei Bondarenko, who portrays the opera’s world-weary eponym, has a major career these days,” added the Dallas Morning News. “He certainly radiates disengagement here, then rising passion as he sees the now-married Tatyana after five years away.”
“The evening’s performance received a standing ovation, thanks in no small part to stars Andrei Bondarenko (Eugene Onegin) and Svetlana Aksenova (Tatyana Larina),” wrote Culture Map Dallas.
Of the Ukrainian baritone’s performance, Texas Classical Review added: “The dashing Andrei Bondarenko provided the evening’s highlights. 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.”