Ukrainian Andrei Bondarenko is one of the most exciting young baritones of today, having worked extensively with Valery Gergiev, Ivor Bolton, Yannik Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasily Petrenko, Enrique Mazzola, Kirill Karabits, Teodor Currentzis, Emanuelle Villaume, Michael Sturminger, Omer Meir Wellber , Alain Altinoglou, Daniele Callegari and Mikhail Tatarnikov.
This season his engagements include: Pelléas et Mélisande at Scottish Opera, Eugene Onegin at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Dallas Opera, L’Elisir d’amore at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, La Bohème at Opernhaus Zürich (where he is a house resident) and Oper Köln. Looking further ahead he will give his debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden while continuing his residency at Opernhaus Zurich, where titles will include: Così fan tutte, Elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, La Boheme, as well as his role debuts as Albert in Werther and Wolfram in Tannhäuser. Andrei will embark on a recital tour of the US and Europe with Gary Matthewman, where venues will include Wigmore Hall London, Carnegie Hall New York and Konzerthaus Vienna.
Recent highlights include new productions of La Bohème and Don Pasquale at Opernhaus Zürich, Cosi fan tutte, Onegin and La Cenerentola at Oper Köln, Onegin at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Sao Paolo, Dallas Opera and the Mariinsky Theatre, L’Elisir d’amore at Steinbruch St Margarethen, Andrei Bolkonsky in War and Peace in new production for the Mariinsky Theatre, his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Gary Matthewman, Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Real Madrid and Opera Australia, Robert Iolanta with the Gürzenich Orchestra and Dallas Opera, Marcello in La Bohème at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and the Opernhaus Zürich, Mahler Symphony no.2 and Kindertotenlieder with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Rachmaninov’s Spring Cantata with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andrei Bondarenko is perfect for the role of Onegin… 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.
– Music OMH
Despite his youth, he has already appeared at Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Teatro Colon, Cologne Opera, Sydney Opera House, Perm State Opera and Mariinsky Theatre. He also gave his role debut as Billy in Billy Budd in the first ever production in Russia (Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg).
He sang in the theatre/opera project by “The Giacomo Variations” alongside John Malkovich and has toured extensively with Larissa Gergieva. Andrei took part in the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project, following which he returned to the Festival for Gounod Roméo et Juliette with Yannik Nézet-Seguin and Le rossignol with Ivor Bolton.
Andrei has recorded Nozze di Figaro (Conte) for Sony Classics, Rachmaninov songs with Iain Burnside at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh for Delphian Records as well as the highly acclaimed Lieutenant Kijé Suite on the BIS label. His first solo album of rare Tchaikovsky songs will be released in 2017 on Little Tribeca.
Andrei won the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Song Prize, was awarded a diploma at the Ukrainian competition “New Ukrainian Voices” and won first prize at the international vocal competition “Art in the 21st Century” in Vorzel (Ukraine). He was a prize-winner at the 2006 International Rimsky-Korsakov vocal competition in St. Petersburg, the 2008 all-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Vocalists´ Festival and Competition and the 7th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in 2010.
Andrei was born in 1987 in Kamenez-Podolsky, Ukraine. He has been is soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers for 8 years. In 2003 he entered the vocal department of the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiev, Ukraine and in 2004 was admitted to the vocal department of the Kiev Conservatory. Andrei was then a soloist of the Ukraine National Philharmonic Society.