Andrei Bondarenko wins Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize 2011

Glyndebourne is delighted to hear that Andrei Bondarenko won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize at the ceremony last night.

The 23 year-old will make his Glyndebourne debut on this year’s Tour as Maltesta in the new production of Don Pasquale - tickets for which are now on sale.

Despite his young age, Bondarenko has already won many other prizes in international competitions, including the 2006 International Rimsky-Korsakov competition and first prize at the international vocal competition Art in the 21st Century in Vorzel (Ukraine).

He made a real impact whilst part of the Salzburg Festival Young Artists Programme 2009 where he worked intensively with Michael Schade and took Masterclasses with Christa Ludwig, Marjana Lipovšek and Thomas Quasthoff. He was invited to return to the Salzburg Festival the following season to take part in the production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Yannik Nézet-Seguin and this year The Emperor/Le Rossignol with Ivor Bolton.

Bondarenko trained at the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiev and the Kiev Conservatory. Since 2007 he has been a soloist in the Marynsky Academy of Young Singers in St Petersburg.

Andrei's current roles at the Marynsky include Gugliemo/Così fan tutte and Count Almaviva/Il nozze di Figaro. Other repertoire includes Onegin/Eugene Onegin, Silvio/Il Pagliacci, Marullo/Rigoletto, Robert/Iolanta, Aeneas/Dido and Aeneas, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte and Belcore/L'elisir d`amore. This year, in Vienna, Germany, Moscow, St Petersburg and at the Sydney Festival, he takes part in a new Michael Sturminger project, The Giacomo Variations, alongside John Malkovich.

We look forward to welcoming Andrei Bondarenko to Glyndebourne this autumn.


Having heard Bondarenko in broadcasts from Cardiff Singer of the World I have been looking up details of the “Don Pasquale “ tour in the hope that I might get to hear his Maltesta, unfortunately none of the dates suits. The ease with which this young baritone conveys the personalities and emotions of a wide variety of characters, in opera and in song, marks him out as an exceptional talent. Singers in the lower registers (mezzo sopranos, baritones and basses) tend to be at a disadvantage against those that command high Cs etc, because so many listeners are in the thrall of high notes. The young baritone’s brilliant interpretative skills, allied to a splendid voice, ensured that he made an indelible impression

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