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Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Terrace Theater

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, Emmanuel Villaume, Michael Sturminger, Omer Meir Wellber, Alain Altinoglou, Daniele Callegari and Mikhail Tatarnikov.

The 2017/18 season includes his debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Marcello in La bohème; a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Belcore in L'elisir d'amore; Guglielmo, Cosìfan tutte; Albert, Werther; and Ramiro, L'Heure espagnole; all at Opernhaus Zürich, where he continues as a house resident. On the concert platform, Andrei will appear as Prince Afron in The Golden Cockerel at the Concertgebouw under Vasily Petrenko. He will make debuts with Prague Philharmonia in Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; The Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España for the Fauré Requiem; and embark on a major recital tour with Gary Matthewman, presenting programmes at Carnegie Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Bozar in Brussels.

Recent highlights include new productions of La bohème and Don Pasquale at Opernhaus Zürich; Cosìfan tutte, Eugene Onegin and La cenerentola at Oper Köln; Pelléas, Pelléas et Mélisande at Scottish Opera; Eugene Onegin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, São Paulo, 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; Il Conte, Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Real Madrid and Opera Australia; Robert, Iolanta with the Gürzenich Orchestra and Dallas Opera; Marcello, La bohème at Bayerische Staatsoper; Mahler Symphony no. 2 and Kindertotenlieder with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Rachmaninov's Spring Cantata with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also gave his role debut as Billy in the Russian premiere of Britten's Billy Budd at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Andrei has recorded Le nozze di Figaro (Conte) for Sony Classics, Rachmaninov songs with Iain Burnside at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh for Delphian Records as well as the highly-acclaimed Lieutenant Kijé Suite on the BIS label.

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 prizewinner 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 StanisBław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in 2010. Andrei took part in the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project, returning to the Festival for Gounod's Roméo et Juliette with Yannick Nézet-Seguin and Le rossignol with Ivor Bolton.

Andrei was born in 1987 in Kamenez-Podolsky, Ukraine. He was a 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.

Gary Matthewman is one of the UK's leading song pianists.

A regular artist at Wigmore Hall, his other appearances include New York's Carnegie Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre and halls in Prague, Lucerne, Basel, Lisbon, Washington, Toronto, São Paulo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney. His UK Festival appearances include the Aldeburgh, Buxton, Glyndebourne, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals.

Recital partners include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Nuccia Focile, Mark Padmore, Ailyn Pérez, Dimitri Platanias, Sylvia Schwartz, Kate Lindsey, Markus Werba, Kate Royal, Andrei Bondarenko, Louise Alder, Adam Plachetka, Benjamin Appl, Sarah-Jane Brandon and Roderick Williams. Mr. Matthewman has made numerous live broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, and his recent recording of Schubert's Winterreise with Matthew Rose received widespread critical acclaim, featuring as Gramophone Magazine's Recording of the Month and BBC Radio 3's Disc of the Week.

As official accompanist for vocal contests, he has worked for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, most recently playing for Louise Alder in the 2017 competition, the Das Lied International Song Competition in Berlin, and the Queen Sonja International Music Competition for singers in Oslo.

Engagements in the 2017-18 season include recitals with Andrei Bondarenko in Verbier, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder and Carnegie Hall, a US recital tour with Ailyn Pérez, and numerous appearances with Louise Alder, Luis Gomez and Sumi Jo. Mr. Matthewman is Professor of Vocal Repertoire at the Royal College of Music, and song coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

"Bondarenko...has an astonishingly beautiful voice, and is on his way to greatness."

TIM ASHLEY, The Guardian (London)

Photo of Andrei Bondarenko by Juriy Sheftsoff.
Photo of Gary Matthewman by Johan Persson.


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