Baritone

Andrei Bondarenko

© Mariia Trepikova

Introduction

Ukrainian, Andrei Bondarenko, is one of the most exciting young baritones of today, having worked extensively with Valery Gergiev, Ivor Bolton, Yannick 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.

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 the Russian premiere of Britten’s Billy Budd (Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg).

The 2019/20 season includes Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro on tour with Currentzis and Musica Aeterna in Vienna and Lucern; Andrei will reprise this role later in the season with Opera Australia and at The Bolshoi Theatre. Andrei will make his debut at the Royal Opera House as Marcello in La bohème, and will return to New Isreali Opera in the title role in Eugene Onegin.

Andrei has recorded Don Giovanni (title role) and Le 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.

 


Performance Schedule

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    18:00 29 Dec 2019 Teatro Stabile del Veneto Padova, PADOVA

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: Jordi Bernàcer
    Don Giovanni: Andrei Bondarenko
    Leporello: Mirco Palazzi
    Donna Anna: Ekaterina Bakanova
    Commendatore: Abramo Rosalen
    Don Ottavio: Andrei Danilov
    Zerlina: Michela Antenucci
    Donna Elvira: Anastasia Bartoli

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    20:45 31 Dec 2019 Teatro Stabile del Veneto Padova, PADOVA

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: Jordi Bernàcer
    Don Giovanni: Andrei Bondarenko
    Leporello: Mirco Palazzi
    Donna Anna: Ekaterina Bakanova
    Commendatore: Abramo Rosalen
    Don Ottavio: Andrei Danilov
    Zerlina: Michela Antenucci
    Donna Elvira: Anastasia Bartoli

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    12:00 07 Feb 2020 Royal Opera House, LONDON

    GIACOMO PUCCINI La bohème

    Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
    Mimi: Eleonora Buratto
    Rodolfo: Jonathan Tetelman
    Marcello: Andrei Bondarenko
    Musetta: Vlada Borovko
    Schaunard: Alessio Arduini
    Colline: Fernando Radó
    Benoit: Jeremy White
    Alcindoro: Eddie Wade
    Parpignol: Andrew Macnair
    Chorus: Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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    20:00 11 Feb 2020 Royal Opera House, LONDON

    GIACOMO PUCCINI La bohème

    Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
    Mimi: Eleonora Buratto
    Rodolfo: Jonathan Tetelman
    Marcello: Andrei Bondarenko
    Musetta: Vlada Borovko
    Schaunard: Alessio Arduini
    Colline: Fernando Radó
    Benoit: Jeremy White
    Alcindoro: Eddie Wade
    Parpignol: Andrew Macnair
    Chorus: Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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    20:00 13 Feb 2020 Royal Opera House, LONDON

    GIACOMO PUCCINI La bohème

    Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
    Mimi: Eleonora Buratto
    Rodolfo: Jonathan Tetelman
    Marcello: Andrei Bondarenko
    Musetta: Vlada Borovko
    Schaunard: Alessio Arduini
    Colline: Fernando Radó
    Benoit: Jeremy White
    Alcindoro: Eddie Wade
    Parpignol: Andrew Macnair
    Chorus: Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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Discography

 
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    Lieutenant Kijé Suite

    Label: BIS records

    Release Date: 31 Jan 13

    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton
    PROKOFIEV
    Symphony No 6 in E Flat Minor, Op.11
    Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    The Love For Three Oranges Symphonic Suite

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    Le Nozze di Figaro

    Label: Sony

    Release Date: 01 Feb 14

    Andrei Bondarenko: Count Almaviva
    Simone Kermes: Countess Almaviva
    Christian van Horn: Figaro
    Fanie Atonelou: Susanna
    Mary-Ellen Nesi: Cherubino
    Maria Forsstrom: Marcellina
    Nikolai Loskutkin: Bartolo
    Krystian Adam: Don Basilio
    James Elliot: Don Curzio
    Garry Agadzhanian: Antonio
    Natalya Kirillova: Barbarina
    MusicAeterna
    Teodor Currentzis.

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    Rachmaninov Songs

    Label: Delphian Records

    Release Date: 24 Mar 14

    Evelina Dobraceva Soprano
    Ekaterina Siurina Soprano
    Justina Gringyte Mezzo-Soprano
    Daniil Shtoda Tenor
    Andrei Bondarenko Baritone
    Rodion Pogossov Baritone
    Alexander Vinogradov Bass
    Iain Burnside Piano

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    TCHAIKOVSKY: Iolanta

    Label: OEHMS CLASSICS

    Release Date: 28 Aug 15

    Bondarenko
    Vinogradov
    Gursenich Orchestra of Cologne
    Dmitrij Kitajen

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    18 Oct 19 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
    Opera Australia

    “Magnetico nella sua baldanza il Conte lungocrinito di Andrei Bondarenko, il quale evidenzia una voce possente, una solidissima tecnica di emissione e un legato davvero eccellente.”

    [Translated] “Magnificent in its boldness, the Count Longocrinito of Andrei Bondarenko, which highlights a powerful voice, a very solid emission technique and a really excellent tie.”
    Simone Manfredini, Opera Click, 2 November 2019

    “Which brings us to Bondarenko as the predatory Count. His nuanced acting and powerful stage presence were major reasons why this Figaro could feel so uncomfortably relevant and compelling despite its 17th-century setting, and why it has such wide dramatic scope…Musically, Bondarenko was equally magnetic, with his Act 3 “Hai gia vinta la causa” a particularly superb moment of the entire opera.”
    Chantal Nguyen, Bachtrack, 21 October 2019

    “Reprising his role as the faithless Count, Andrei Bondarenko once again demonstrated his ample vocal authority and magnetic stage presence. Declining to indulge in the usual buffoonery, he instead used his finely pointed baritone to alternately insinuate, flatter and hector the unfortunate souls that populate his household. His Hai gia vinta la causa was excellently done, a convincing blend of rage and impotence, while his command of the legato line was most impressive.”
    Justine Nguyen, Limelight Magazine, 19 October 2019

     

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    18 Aug 19 Mussorgsky, Shostakovich Recital
    Rosendal Chamber Music Festival

    “In this, my first opportunity to hear the Bondarenko, it is easy to see from his two Rosendal performances why he was chosen as the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Furthermore, his musicianship, effortlessly nuanced legato and elegant timbre makes him a most likely contender to fill the shoes of the late Dmitri Hvorotovsky.

    In his depictions of death in Mussorgsky’s four-song cycle Bondarenko was powerful without being pompous, thoughtful without being introspective. At never any point did he direct us to his voice, but rather to what his voice was telling us – and always through his perspective as a millennial man, thereby creating an experience composed in the past but relatable in the present. This is musical contemporary story telling.”

     Xenia Hanusiak, Operawire

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    28 Oct 16 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
    The Dallas Opera

    “The evening’s performance received a standing ovation, thanks in no small part to stars Andrei Bondarenko (Eugene Onegin) and Svetlana Aksenova…”
    Lacy Ball, Culturemap Dallas 

    “Andrei Bondarenko, who portrays the opera’s world-weary eponym, has a major career these days. He certainly radiates disengagement here, then rising passion as he sees the now-married Tatyana after five years away. It’s an imposing baritone”
    Scott Cantrell, Dallas News 

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    06 Jul 16 DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore
    Oper im Steinbruch St Margarethen

    “Andrei Bondarenko ist ein exzellenter Belcore.”

    [Translated] “Andrei Bondarenko is an excellent Belcore.”
    Peter Jarolin, Kurier

    “In den weiteren Rollen überzeugten vollends der ukrainische Bariton Andrei Bondarenko als Belcore.”

    [Translated] “In the other roles completely convinced the Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko as Belcore.”
    Alexandra Bäck, Tips 

    “Andrei Bondarenko (Belcore) beeindruckt mit seinem vollen, satten Bariton.”

    [Translated] “Andrei Bondarenko (Belcore) impresses with his full, rich baritone.”
    Stefan Ender, der Standard 

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    20 Apr 16 ROSSINI La cenerentola
    Oper Köln

    ‘Prévu dans le rôle-titre de Billy Budd, Andrei Bondarenko chante ici son premier Rossini. Un rien surpassé par les passages les plus virtuoses, il tire son épingle du jeu grâce à la beauté de son timbre à la couleur tout à fait italienne campant, par ailleurs, un Dandini vaniteux comme il faut.’

    [Translated] ‘Expected in the title role of Billy Budd, Andrei Bondarenko sings here his first Rossini. A little surpassed by the most virtuosic passages, he stands out from the game thanks to the beauty of his stamp in the Italian color campant, moreover, a Dandini vain as it should.’
    Andreas Laska, ResMusica 

    ‘Andrei Bondarenko charmed as Dandini, while he vocally impressed with his stamina and musicality in “Come un’ape ne’ giorni d’aprile”’

    [Translated] ‘Andrei Bondarenko charmed as Dandini, while he vocally impressed with his stamina and musicality in “Come un’ape ne’ giorni d’aprile”’
    David PInedo, Opera Today 

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    17 Jan 16 DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
    Opernhaus Zurich

    ‘The role of the cunning doctor Malatesta was sung compellingly by baritone Andrei Bondarenko. Cool as a cucumber, he pulls off the most appalling lies with the straight face of a mafioso, and his Ox-Cam decorum was well suited to the pivotal role.’
    Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack 

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    03 Nov 15 PUCCINI La bohème
    Opernhaus Zurich

    “Im Duett mit dem prächtigen Bariton von Andrei Bondarenko”

    [Translated] “In a duet with the magnificent baritone by Andrei Bondarenko”
    Katharina von Glasenapp, Schwäbische

    “und Andrei Bondarenko ist schlichtweg ein Super-Marcello: ein in allen Lagen firmer Pracht-Bariton.”

    [Translated] “and Andrei Bondarenko is simply a super Marcello: a superb baritone in every situation.”
    Badische Zeitung

    “I was taken with Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko, a Cardiff Singer of the World in 2011. It’s good to see him on a major opera stage.”
    John Rhodes, Seen and Heard International

    “Die Sänger stehen dem hohen Niveau in nichts nach, drei davon feiern am Opernhaus ihr Debüt. […] und Andrei Bondarenko aus der Ukraine imponiert als Marcello mit ausgewogenem, sonorem Bariton.”

    [Translated] “The singers are in no way inferior to the high level, three of them celebrate their debut at the opera house […] and Andrei Bondarenko from Ukraine impresses as Marcello with balanced, sonorous baritone.”
    Peter Wäch, Berner Bär

    “Marcello, der vom Ukrainer Andrei Bondarenko mit grummeligem Charakter und warmem, nuanciertem Bariton ausgestattet wird.”

    [Translated] “Marcello, of the Ukrainian Andrei Bondarenko, is a grumpy character and warm; the nuanced baritone is equipped.”
    Der Bund

    “Andrei Bondarenko’s Marcello was the finest voice: rounded, mellow, consistently clear.”
    Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack

    “Eindrücklich der klangschön singende Bariton Andrei Bondarenko als Maler Marcello.”

    [Translated] “Impressive the beautifully singing baritone Andrei Bondarenko as a painter Marcello.”
    Südkurier

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    28 Aug 15 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    OEHMS CLASSICS CD

    ” In a coup of luxury casting, considering the role’s brevity, Andrei Bondarenko makes for a resplendent Robert, easily the equal of Dmitri Hvorostovsky on Valery Gergiev’s Philips recording.”
    Mark Pullinger, Gramophone 

    “Als Herzog Robert kostet der Bariton Andrei Bondarenko seine effektvolle Arie mit Energie  genüsslich aus”
    Benjamin Künzel, Klassik.com 

    ‘Baritone Andrei Bondarenko has a flourishing international career; it’s hard to individualize Robert, but Bondarenko’s vocalism is fully satisfying’
    David Shengold, Opera News 

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    10 Apr 15 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    The Dallas Opera

    ‘Yet another well-appointed baritone is supplied by Andrei Bondarenko, as Robert, betrothed to Iolanta but in love with another woman’
    Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News 

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    11 Feb 15 RACHMANINOV The Bells 11 February 2015
    LPO, Royal Festival Hall

    “Baritone Andrei Bondarenko superbly authoritative in the final poem on funeral bell.”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times 

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    07 Feb 15 RACHMANINOV Spring Cantata 07 February 2015
    LPO, Royal Festival Hall

    ‘…backed by the choir, the fluid and beautifully poised baritone of the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition winner Andrei Bondarenko always made pleasant listening, even when he cried “Kill, kill the betrayer!”’
    Geoff Brown, The Arts Desk 

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    16 Jul 14 PROKOFIEV War and Peace
    Mariinsky II

    “As Natasha and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, Aida Garifullina and Andrei Bondarenko impress as major new talents, especially the limpid-voiced Garifullina. The reunion of Natasha and the dying Andrei, in which they recount their lost love, is devastating.”
    George Loomis, the Financial Times

    “However all singing throughout was second to none with heart-rending appeal from superb soprano Aida Garifullina, a fine match for her prince, sung with that rich unique Russian tone by Andrei Bondarenko.”
    Maggie Cotton, the Birmingham Post 

    “Молодой Болконский Андрея Бондаренко, благороден и в пении, и в манерах. (…). сцену ухода из жизни со знаменитым остинатным «пити-пити» он провёл безупречно.”

    [Translated] “The young Bolkonsky of Andrei Bondarenko expresses his nobility both through his singing and his acting (…) the scene of his farewell to life with its famous “piti-piti” ostinatos was flawlessly sung.”
    Nora Potapova, Opera News

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    17 Oct 14 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    Cologne Philharmonie

    “Der junge ukrainische Bariton Andrei Bondarenko sang einen großartigen Robert von Burgund. Mit seiner feinen, von angenehmem Schmelz gezeichneten Stimme zeigte er viel Gefühl für die Rolle.”

    “Andrei Bondarenko war in Köln ihr Partner als Eugen Onegin, eine seiner zentralen Partien. Seinen füllig strömenden Bariton lieh er jetzt dem burgundischen Herzog Robert”

    [Translated] “The young Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko sang a great Robert of Burgundy, and with his fine, pleasant-encrusted voice he showed a lot of feeling for the role.”

    “Andrei Bondarenko was her partner in Cologne as Eugene Onegin, one of his central roles, lending his richly flowing baritone to Burgundian Duke Robert”

    Christoph Zimmermann, Der Neue Merkur 

    “Andrei Bondarenko gab einen strahlend jugendlichen Herzog Robert.”

    [Translated] “Andrei Bondarenko gave a radiantly youthful Duke Robert.”
    Olaf Weiden, Kölnische Rundschau

    “Andrei Bondarenko als burgundischer Herzog Robert und Vladislav Sulimsky (…) standen in der vokalen Attacke und raumfüllenden Präsenz nicht nach.”

    [Translated] “Andrei Bondarenko as Burgundian Duke Robert and Vladislav Sulimsky (…) were not in the vocal attack and space-filling presence.”
    Stefan Rütter, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

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    18 May 14 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
    Glyndebourne

    “The Slavonic tones of the principal singers make a significant difference to this Onegin – best of all in the two scenes where Andrei Bondarenko’s Onegin and Ekaterina Scherbachenko’s Tatyana confront each other. Both sing with poise, focus and uncommon elegance: everything is internalised, and we hang on their every word.”
    Andrew Clark, the Financial Times 

    “Andrei Bondarenko is perfect for the role of Onegin, and despite a touch of first night nerves which rendered one or two phrases indistinct, 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.”
    Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH 

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    24 Mar 14 RACHMANINOV Songs
    Delphian CD

    “The stars are Andrei Bondarenko and Alexander Vinogradov, both young but mature interpreters.”
    The Sunday Times

    “The baritone Andrei Bondarenko, who won the song prize at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2011, is a delight with his honeyed, even tone and faultless phrasing.”
    Andrew Clements, The Guardian

    “Andrei Bondarenko won a song prize at the Cardiff Singer of the Year 2011. An extremely fine baritone, his phrasing, dynamics and velvety tone are a delight.”
    Stephen Greenbank, MusicWeb International 

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    05 Feb 14 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
    Sony Classics

    “..but the real stars are Christian van Horn’s darkly handsome-sounding Figaro and Andrei Bondarenko’s superb Count, the only singer here who sings Italian like a native.”
    Hugh Canning, the Sunday Times

    “Mit ihm … Andrei Bondarenko … gewann Teodor Currentzis einen Conte, dessen stimmliche Statur und sehnige Kraft den nötigen Biss für diese Aufnahme mitbringt.”

    [Translated] “With him … Andrei Bondarenko … Teodor Currentzis won a Conte, whose vocal stature and sinewy power brings the necessary bite for this recording.”
    Werner Theurich, Der Spiegel 

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    21 Oct 13 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
    Oper Köln

    ” In der Titelrolle gewinnt Andrei Bondarenko mit klar konturierter Baritonstimme”

    [Translated] “In the title role Andrei Bondarenko wins with clearly contoured baritone voice”
    Bernhard Hartmann, Kölner Rundschau

    “Andrei Bondarenko ist nicht nur der kalte, egoistische Onegin, was in seinem Spiel durchaus glaubhaft gelingt, doch seine Stimme zeigt auch andere Fassetten. Sein wohlklingender Bariton hat eine sehr weiche Seite, die er gekonnt einsetzt, um sich dem Rollenprofil des zerrissenen Onegin zu nähern.”

    [Translated] “Andrei Bondarenko is not just the cold, egotistical onegin, which is quite believable in his game, but his voice also shows other facets, and his sweet-sounding baritone has a very soft side that he skilfully uses to follow the rogue profile of the torn Onegin approach.”
    Miriam Rosenbohm, Opernnetz

    “Der ukrainische Bariton Andrei Bondarenko, der in Köln erstmals antritt, hat für den fiesen Onegin eigentlich eine viel zu schöne Stimme – jugendlich unverbraucht mit weicher Fülle und fülliger Höhe –, die einen indes daran erinnert, dass Ästhetizismus und Barbarei ganz gut zusammengehen.”

    [Translated] “The Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko, who will be performing for the first time in Cologne, actually has a far too nice voice for the nasty Onegin – youthful, unused, soft and plump – but reminds one that aesthetism and barbarism go together very well.”
    Kölner Stadtanzeiger 

    “Dass das heterogene Konzept im Großen und Ganzen aufgeht, liegt vor allem an den hervorragenden Protagonisten. Andrei Bondarenko ist Onegin. Besonders die Szene, in der er Tatjana auf ihren Liebesbrief antwortet brennt sich ein. Dazu setzt er seinen gesunden, flexiblen Bariton sehr differenziert ein.”

    [Translated] “Andrei Bondarenko is Onegin, and the scene in which he replies to Tatjana’s love letter burns in. He sets his healthy, flexible baritone very differentiated one.”
    Andreas Falentin, Theater Pur

    “Andrei Bondarenkos weicher Bariton ist wie geschaffen, um die innere Verzweiflung des bindungsunfähigen Lebemannes Onegin zu erspüren.”

    [Translated]  “Andrei Bondarenko’s soft baritone is made to feel the inner despair of the unbearable roommate Onegin.”
    Bernd Aulich, Recklinghaeuser Zeitung

    “Andrei Bondarenko mit makellos balsamischem Bariton.”

    [Translated] “Andrei Bondarenko with flawless balsamic baritone.”
    Regine Müller, KulturKenner

    “Der junge ukrainische Bariton Andrei Bondarenko stellt sich dieser darstellerischen Zumutung – wie verkörpert man überzeugend eine Leerstelle? – , indem er seinem Onegin ein mit Geheimnis dunkel grundiertes Strahlemann-Image verleiht.”

    [Translated] “The young Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko faces up to this dramatic imposition – how to convincingly embody a void? – by giving his Onegin a darkly primed beamman image.”
    Christian Wildhagen, Frankfurter Allgemeine

    “Andrei Bondarenkos warm getönter Bariton besitzt angemessene maskuline Kraft, ohne den lyrischen Ansprüchen der Rolle etwas schuldig zu bleiben.”

    [Translated] “Andrei Bondarenko’s warm-toned baritone has a reasonable masculine power, without any of the lyrical claims of the role.”
    Christoph Zimmermann, Der Neue Merker

    “Musikalisch überzeugt der Kölner “Onegin” nicht weniger. In der Titelrolle gewinnt Andrei Bondarenko mit Klar konturier Baritonstimme.”

    [Translated] “Musically convinced the Cologne “Onegin” no less in the title role wins Andrei Bondarenko with clearly contoured baritone voice.”
    Bernhard Hartmann, Kölnische Rundschau

    “Auch Andrei Bondarenko in der Titelpartie läßt wenig gesangliche Wünsche offen. Sein Bariton klingt jedenfalls wie aus einem Guß.”

    [Translated] “Even Andrei Bondarenko in the title role leaves little vocal wishes unfulfilled, but his baritone sounds like a piece of music.”
    Martin Freitag, Der Opernfreund

    “Wie präzis Hilsdorf innere Zustände szenisch zu repräsentieren versteht, erweist zum Beispiel die entscheidende Begegnung zwischen Tatjana und Onegin: Wie den jungen Andrei Bondarenko bei der Lektüre des Briefes der Überschwang des Bekenntnisses nervt, wie er um pubertäre Gefühlslagen wissend grausam gerecht urteilt, mit einer Mischung von wissender Anteilnahme und der eisigen Klugheit seiner abgebrühten Erfahrungen. Auch Onegin ist ein mehrdimensionaler Charakter – und Bondarenko macht das im Spiel und im Tonfall seines schlanken, gestaltungswilligen Baritons deutlich.”

    [Translated] “How precisely Hilsdorf understands to represent inner states in a scenic manner, for example, proves the decisive meeting between Tatjana and Onegin: Like the young Andrei Bondarenko reading the letter, the exuberance of the confession annoys, as he judges cruelly, justly with adolescent states of mind, with a mix of knowing compassion and the icy wisdom of his seasoned experience, Onegin is also a multi-dimensional character – and Bondarenko makes that clear in the play and tone of his slender, design-conscious baritone.”
    Werner Haußner, Rivierpassagen

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    01 Jan 13 PROKOFIEV CD: Lieutenant Kije Suite
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

    “The recording is unusual in retaining the baritone solos in the Romance and Troika instead of the saxophone usually heard. Despite the brevity of his contributions to this disc BIS have not stinted on quality and have engaged prize winning Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko. He is particularly enjoyable in the patter-song of the Troika”
    Dave Billinge, Musicweb International 

    “To add to the interest of the recording, in both the ‘Romance’ and the ‘Troika’ we get the less familiar variant featuring a solo baritone part, suavely sung by the up-and-coming Andrei Bondarenko, who won the song prize at Cardiff a few years back.”
    Peter J. Rabinowitz, International Record Review

    “Einen weiteren Attraktionspunkt dieser Einspielung bildet die ‘Leutnant Kije’-Suite, die hier nicht mit solistischem Saxophon in den Sätzen Nr. 2 und 4 erklingt, sondern in der Fassung mit Bariton. Der junge Russe Andrei Bondarenko zeichnet mit farblicher Differenzierung die grotesken Bilder ebenso eindrücklich nach wie das erstklassige, agile und farbenfrische Orchester.”

    [Translated] “Another attraction of this recording is the ‘Lieutenant Kije’ suite, which does not sound here with soloist saxophone in movements 2 and 4, but in the version with baritone.The young Russian Andrei Bondarenko draws the grotesque pictures with color differentiation just as impressive as the first-class, agile and colorful orchestra.”

    Tobias W. Pfleger for Klassik Magazin 

    “The Lieutenant Kijé suite stands out from a crowded field thanks to Liton’s alert pacing, a heightened awareness of colour and, in those items sung in hte original film, tha participation of promising baritone Andrei Bondarenko in lieu of tenor sax.”
    David Gutman, Gramophone

    “La Romance et la Trioka de Lieutenant Kijé sont données dans leur version vocale d’origine, bien chantée.”

    [Translated] “Lieutenant Kijé’s Romance and Trioka are given in their original vocal version, well sung.”
    Patrick Szersnovicz, Diapason

    “Litton’s work on detail here is unstinting, and it pays off in the whirling dissolve as Lieutenant Kijé, the solder who never was, is “buried” in the ingeniously score suite. BBC Cardiff Singer ofh the World winner Andrei Bondarenko Graces the alternative versions of the Romance and Troika with line and character.”
    Davic Nice, BBC Music Magazine 

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    01 Jun 12 PUCCINI La bohème
    Glyndebourne Festival

    “It’s unfortunate that his awkwardness is thrown into stark relief by the relaxed, powerful presence of Andrei Bondarenko as Marcello. It was clear at the 2011 Cardiff Singer of the World (he deservedly ran away with the Song Prize) that he is a wonderfully expressive singer with a thrillingly unforced sound. What you could only guess at in competition was that he can really act.
    Unlike Lomeli, Bondarenko never looks like he’s trying and that lack of strain makes him completely engaging. He never indulges in scene-stealing but it’s hard not to prefer watching him and listening to the sheer richness of his lush baritone sound”
    David Benedict, The Arts Desk

    “But an energetic team effort and some smashing voices, not least Andrei Bondarenko’s Marcello and Nahuel Di Pierro’s Colline.”

    Edward Seckerson, the Independent

    “The rest of the cast includes the expansively voiced Andrei Bondarenko as Marcello…”
    Richard Fairman, the Financial Times

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    01 Apr 12 DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande
    Mariinsky Theatre

    “Pelleas (Andrei Bondarenko) exudes immaturity and youthful innocence, while revealing a sensual potential that creates a tangible tension on stage from his first encounter with Melisande.”
    Galina Stolyarova, St. Petersburg Times

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    01 Oct 11 DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
    Glyndebourne on Tour

    “Bondarenko, winner of the Song prize at Cardiff this year, has an astonishingly beautiful voice and is on his way to greatness if this is anything to go by. […] Veria and Bondarenko stop the show with their second-act duet.”
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian

    “But most striking of all is Andrei Bondarenko, winner of the song prize at Cardiff Singer of the World this year. This young Ukrainian baritone, resident at the Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg, […] an artist in the making. His Malatesta = a vividly impersonated con man = was sung with both seductive charm and a coolly sinister edge. Bondarenko returns to Glyndebourne next summer to sing Marcello in La Bohème: remember his name, as I guess he is going places.”

    Rupert Christiansen, the Telegraph

    “Andrei Bondarenko’s Dr Malatesta communicates insinuating persuasiveness in a wonderfully rich and even baritone. ”
    Michael Church, the Independent

    “Vocal and acting standards are both high in a staging that establishes the cleverness and complexity of a piece regularly played merely for laughs. Here Andrei Bondarenko’s suave, cynical Malatesta is a manipulative match for Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi.”

    George Hall, the Stage

    “Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko brought swaggering sound to Dr Malatesta and plaudits”
    Sussex Express

Repertoire

BELLINI
I puritani Sir Riccardo Forth*

BRITTEN
Billy Budd title role

DEBUSSY
Pelléas et Mélisande Pelléas

DONIZETTI
Don Pasquale Dr. Malatesta
L’elisir d’amore Belcore
Lucia di Lammermoor Lord Enrico Ashton*

GOUNOD
Roméo et Juliette Grégorio

LEONCAVALLO
I Pagliacci Silvio

MASSENET
Werther Albert

MONTEVERDI
L’Orfeo title role*

MOZART
Così fan tutte Guglielmo
Don Giovanni title role
Le nozze di Figaro Il conte
Die Zauberflöte Papageno

PUCCINI
La Bohème Marcello

PURCELL
Dido and Aeneas Aeneas

PROKOFIEV
War and Peace Prince Andrei Bolkonsky

TSCHAIKOVSKY
Eugene Onegin title role
Iolanta Robert
Pique Dame Yeletsky


CONCERT

BRAHMS
Requiem

FAURÉ
Requiem

MAHLER
Symphony no 8

ORFF
Carmina Burana*

Songs by
Mahler
Tchaikovsky
Sviridov
Schubert
Schumann
Fauré

*Parts under preparation

Australian Press

Andrei Bondarenko: opera star from Ukraine ready for Marriage of Figaro
MIRIAM COSIC- Andrei Bondarenko – The Australian, 1ST AUGUST 2015

Opera’s young gun Andrei Bondarenko set to shine in The Marriage Of Figaro
ELIZABETH FORTESCUE – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 29TH JULY 2015

Portraits

MUSICAL AMERICA
New Artist of the Month: Andrei Bondarenko
To read this article on the Musical America website please click here

THE SUNDAY TIMES
To read Andrei’s portrait in the Sunday Times please click this link

WHATSONSTAGE.COM
Andrei Bondarenko, Glyndebourne’s Eugene Onegin: ‘I don’t expect to be an overnight celebrity’
To read the article on Whatsonstage.com please click here

TELEGRAPH
Andrei Bondarenko: new face
To read this article on the Telegraph website please click here