Dmytro Popov

“… his is a voice capable of lyrical tenderness, but with top-note squillo that almost buzzes.”
Opera News

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Ukranian tenor Dmytro Popov began his career as a soloist with the Kiev National Theatre. He came to international attention in 2013 when he performed the role of Rodolfo La bohème at The Royal Opera House. He became the youngest ever opera artist to be granted the title of ‘Honoured Artist of Ukraine’ (2003) which recognises outstanding contribution to performing arts. In 2007, he won the prestigious Placido Domingo Operalia Competition.

This coming season, Dmytro returns to the Opéra de Paris for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Deutsche Oper Berlin for Un Ballo in Maschera, Metropolitan Opera for La traviata, Hamburg Staatsoper for Verdi Requiem and La traviata, and Oper Köln, Dutch National Opera, and Opernhaus Zurich for Carmen.

Dmytro has performed multiple roles across the world at significant opera houses with highlights including; Rodolfo La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, Don José Carmen at Teatro Regio di Torino, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Cavaradossi Tosca and Rodolfo Luisa Miller with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vodemont Iolanta with Teatro Real Madrid, Macduff Macbeth with Opéra National de Lyon, Andrej Mazeppa with Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Un Ballo in maschera at Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse and at the Bolshoi. Other operatic roles include Tosca at Oper Stuttgart and Dresden Semperoper, La traviata at Wiener Staatsoper and La bohème at Bayerische Staatsoper.

Recent concert appearances have included Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, Verdi Requiem at the BBC Proms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and with Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall.

Dmytro has recently released his highly acclaimed debut solo record ‘Hymns of Love’ with Orchid Classics, recorded with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.



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    Hymns of Love

    Label: Orchid Classics

    Release Date: 20 Nov 20

    Hymns of Love

    Dmytro Popov
    Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Conductor: Mikhail Simonyan

    “Popov’s voice comes across as mature, rounded and smooth, even when jumping from the low tones (where he’s very comfortable) to those stratospheric high notes”

    Karine Hetherington, ArtMuse, November 2020

    Review of Hymns of Love in ‘Opera Today’, December 2020

    Review of Hymns of Love in Classical Explorer, January 2021

    “Hymns of Love is a really lovable recital, a great introduction to an exciting new tenor talent.” – Catherine Bott, Classic FM

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    Label: Oehms

    Release Date: 28 Aug 15

    Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)


    Conductor Dmitri Kitajenko
    Iolanta – Olesya Golovneva
    Godefroy de Vaudémont – Dmytro Popov
    King René – Alexander Vinogradov
    Duke Robert – Andrei Bondarenko
    Alméric – John Heuzenroeder
    Ibn-Hakia – Vladislav Sulimsky
    Martha – Justyna Samborska
    Bertrand – Marc-Olivier Oetterli
    Brigitta – Dalia Schaechter
    Laura – Marta Wryk

    Gürzenich-Orchester, Cologne and Cologne Opera Chorus

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    Label: Warner Classics

    Release Date: 26 Aug 13

    Conductor: Simon Rattle

    Soprano: Luba Orgonasova
    Tenor: Dmytro Popov
    Bass: Mikhail Petrenko

    Rundfunkchor Berlin
    Berliner Philharmoniker

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    28 Feb 19 DVORAK Stabat Mater
    Symphony Hall, Boston

    “The soloists — soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen, mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana, tenor Dmytro Popov, bass Matthew Rose — were vocally gratifying; I especially liked Popov’s grit and thrust (…)”.

    Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe, 1 March 2019

    “Popov’s voice has an appealing baritonal quality which gives his lower notes weight and warmth and gives strength to his highest. His legato singing was like balsam. Here’s hoping he’s back soon.”

    Kevin Wells, Bachtrack, 2 March 2019


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    19 Jun 18 RACHMANINOV The Bells
    Kölner Philharmonie

    “The sleigh ride at the beginning is a typical ‘Mother Russia’ tableau, which was performed in dazzling colours in this concert, with the imposing tenor solo of the lucky-hearted Dmytro Popov.”

    “Die Schlittenfahrt am Anfang ist ein typisches ‘Mütterchen Russland’-Tableau, das in diesem Konzert in schillernden Farben erklang, mit dem imponierenden Tenorsolo des glückstrahlenden Dmytro Popov.”
    Remy Franck, Pizzicato

    “… here, the vocal soloists earned their ovations: tenor Dmytro Popov with juvenile exuberant power and joy, soprano Anna Samuil with melancholy veiled singing, and baritone Vladislav Sulimsky with a bloodcurdlingly powerful death lament.”

    …hier sorgten die Gesangssolisten für Ovationen: Tenor Dmytro Popov mit juvenil überschäumender Kraft und Freude; Sopranistin Anna Samuil mit melancholisch umflortem Gesang; sowie Bariton Vladislav Sulimsky mit markerschütternd kraftvoller Totenklage.”
    Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

    “Dmytro Popov presented his intensely powerful lyrical tenor…”

    Dmytro Popov seinen kraftgesättigten lyrischen Tenor…
    Christoph Zimmermann, Der Opernfreund

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    19 Oct 17 DVORAK Rusalka
    Vienna Staatsoper

    “…superbly performed by Dmytro Popov, the tenor has an almost heroic voice – his bomb-proof attack, clear diction, and endless power reserves were impressive.”
    Johannes Marksteiner, Online Merker, 19 October 2017

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    02 Oct 17 PUCCINI La bohème
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “Dmytro Popov’s tenor is a forceful instrument, so robust that his ability to navigate the part seemed miraculous. Navigate it he did, giving a vocal performance of ringing power that necessitated a brilliantly passionate portrayal to match. He gave a resounding rendition of “Che gelida manina,” and from then on there was no reining him in.”
    Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review

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    04 May 17 BIZET Carmen
    Arts Centre Melbourne, Opera Australia

    “…the Ukrainian tenor is technically excellent and has such a lovely, mellifluous quality to his voice that he indisputably holds his own against the Shaham powerhouse.”
    Patricia Maunder, bachtrack, 8 May 2017

    “Coming with a hugely resonant, noble and fierce tenor, Dymtro Popov’s masterfully calibrated performance as the unhinged Don José sets up the tragedy compellingly alongside Shaham’s determined Carmen as he mirrors the mind in vocal and dramatic conviction.”
    Paul Selar, Herald Sun, 5 May 2017

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    28 Sep 16 PUCCINI La bohème
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “The Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov, in his Met debut, was especially impressive as the young poet Rodolfo, bluff in horseplay with his bohemian fellows; tender in his unsettling, bumbling encounter with the seamstress Mimi; powerful in his impassioned outbursts of love and despair, showing real metal in the voice.”
    James R. Oestreich, New York Times, 29 September 2016

    “The headline of this production going in was the Met debut of the Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov as Rodolfo, a role that had earned him glowing notices in London, Vienna and Munich.  On Wednesday, Popov’s ringing, hall-filling high notes were indeed something to hear…

    Together, however, Popov and Pérez generated plenty of heat in the radiant unisons of their love duets.”
    David Wright, New York Classical Review, 29 September 2016

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    22 Jun 16 BIZET Carmen
    Teatro Regio Torino

    “Dmytro Popovci è parso un Don José dall’accesa passionalità e dal volume di voce particolarmente generoso e tonante.”
    Lodovico Buscatti, Opera Click, June 2016

    “… Dmytro Popov, giovane tenore ucraino dagli interessanti mezzi vocali ma ancora in parte da raffinare. La voce è bella, schietta, dotata di buono squillo…”
    GB Opera Magazine, 5 July 2016

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    28 Aug 15 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta CD
    Oehms Classics

    “…Popov’s strong lyrical tenor…”
    Christopher Webber, Opera Magazine, January 2016

    “The news here is tenor Dmytro Popov as Iolanta’s knightly suitor: his is a voice capable of lyrical tenderness, but with top-note squillo that almost buzzes. Popov’s ardent Vaudémont is the most exciting on recordings since Vladimir Atlantov’s ringing performance in the mid ’70s.”
    David Shengold, Opera News, 2016

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    07 Jul 15 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta

    “Tenor Dmytro Popov is in mellifluous, heady voice as Vaudémont. Discovering Iolanta asleep in the garden, Vaudémont falls in love with her and discovers her blindness through her inability to distinguish between white and red roses. Their duet is the crux of the opera and Popov and Golovneva are incredibly touching,…”
    Mark Pullinger, Gramophone, July 2015

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    24 Jan 15 Concert, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall

    “Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov brought a bold and bracing quality to Verdi’s lines…”
    George Hall,The Guardian, 26 January 2015

    “…by the thrilling tenor of Dmytro Popov seizing the first phrase of the ‘Kyrie’ and flourished in the many soloist-flights in the ‘Dies irae’ sequence…”
    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 24 January 2015

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    01 Jul 14 BIZET Carmen
    Teatro dell'Opera Roma

    “Dmytro Popov was compelling both theatrically and vocally as Don José…Popov’s dexterous and resonant tenor voice, spiced with a luscious, oscillating vibrato and high throaty warble, was charisma itself. Act II”s “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” signalled the turning point of Don José’s convictions and with it Popov’s star quality”.
    Paul Selar, Bach Track, 1 July 2014

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    04 Feb 14 BIZET Carmen
    Opera Australia

    “The cast is led… by the fine Ukranian tenor Dmytro Popov, whose Don José grows in confidence as the evening progresses. His rendition of the Flower Song is beautifully shaded with a delicious diminuendo on the high B Flat…Dramatically his assumption of the frequently unlikable José is notable for conjuring our sympathies…Popov carries it off with control and dignity”.
    Clive Paget, Lime Light Magazine, 4 February 2014

    “Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov was an outstanding Don Jose, singing with resounding clarity and intensity…”
    Murray Black, The Australian, 25 March 2013

    “Dmytro Popov as Don Jose, however, soars with lyric intensity and was deeply convincing in his aria about that moment when all-encompassing desire transcends all duty and worldly ties.”
    Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 March 2013

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    15 Jan 12 PUCCINI La Boheme
    Royal Opera House

    “Popov had a typical Slavic full-throated tenor voice… he had a natural charm that fitted the part well…brought some moments of tenderness to their ‘Addio, dolce svegliare’ in Act III”.
    Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International, 17 January 2013



BELLINI Norma (Pollione)
BIZET Carmen (Jose)
BORODIN Il Principe Igor (Vladimir)
DVORAK Rusalka (Prince)
GLINKA The Life for the Tsar (Sobinin)
JANACEK Katya Kabanova (Boris)
MASSENET Thais (Nicias)
MASSENET Dialogues de Carmelites (Chevalier)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov
PONCHIELLI La Gioconda (Enzo)
PROKOFIEV War and Peace (Kuragin)
PUCCINI Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
PUCCINI Tosca (Cavaradossi)
PUCCINI Manon Lescaut (Des Grieux)
PUCCINI La Boheme (Rodolfo)
PUCCINI La rondine
RACHMANINOV Francesca da Rimini (Paolo)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Tsar’s Bride (Lykov)
STRAVINSKY Mavra (Mavra-Gusar
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Lensky)
TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta (Vodemont)
TCHAIKOVSKY The Enchantress
TCHAIKOVSKY Mazeppa (Andrej)
VERDI La Traviata (Alfredo)
VERDI Simon Boccanegra (Adorno)
VERDI Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
VERDI Rigoletto (Duca di Mantova)
VERDI Luisa Miller (Rodolfo)


BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
HAYDN The Creation
HAYDN The Seasons
MAHLER Symphony Nos. 8 and 9
MOZART Mass in C Minor
MOZART Coronation Mass
MOZART Requiem
VERDI Requiem