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Aleksandrs Antonenko

Tenor

Biography

Aleksandrs Antonenko in action.
Aleksandrs Antonenko in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH 2016. Photo by Bill Cooper

Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko made his Royal Opera debut in 2011 as Luigi (Il tabarro). He has since returned to sing Verdi’s Otello, Cavaradossi (Tosca), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Canio (Pagliacci), Chevalier Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) and Calaf (Turandot).

Antonenko was born in Riga and studied at the Jäzeps Medinš College of Music and the Latvian Academy of Music. In 1997 he joined the Latvian National Opera as a member of their chorus, and only five months later made his solo debut with the company as Oberto (Alcina). In 2003 he won the Latvian Music Grand Prix. He now sings for major opera companies worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Zürich Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, Rome Opera and Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm. His repertory includes Verdi and Puccini roles such as Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Radames (Aida), Otello, Des Grieux, Cavaradossi, Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West) and Calaf and French roles such as Don José (Carmen) and Samson (Samson et Dalila).

Antonenko’s repertory also encompasses Russian and Central European tenor roles, such as Prince (Rusalka), which he has sung with Renée Fleming for the Metropolitan Opera, the Pretender (Boris Godunov), Gherman (The Queen of Spades) and Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk). His many awards include the Jussi Björling Prize (Sweden) and the Grand Prix de la Culture 2014 (Austria).

Videos

News and features

Cast change: Massimo Giordano to sing in <em>Manon Lescaut</em> on 2 December 2016

Cast change: Massimo Giordano to sing in Manon Lescaut on 2 December 2016

2 December 2016

Italian tenor to replace Aleksandrs Antonenko in the role of Chevalier des Grieux.

Your Reaction: What did you think of Puccini's <em>Manon Lescaut</em>?

Your Reaction: What did you think of Puccini's Manon Lescaut?

23 November 2016

Sondra Radvanovsky and Aleksandrs Antonenko star in the first revival of Jonathan Kent’s thought-provoking Royal Opera production.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on <em>Cavalleria rusticana</em> / <em>Pagliacci</em>

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

10 December 2015

Backstage films from the live relay of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

Photos

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu and the Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Santuzza in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Elena Zilio as Mamma Lucia and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Sondra Radvanovsky and Aleksandrs Antonenko in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko and Sondra Radvanovsky in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko and Sondra Radvanovsky in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Santuzza and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turrido in Cavalleria rusticana

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turrido in Cavalleria rusticana

Dimitri Platanias as Tonio, Aleksandrks Antonenko as Canio and Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda in Pagliacci

Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Canio in Pagliacci

Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda, Aleksandrs Antonenko as Canio and Dimitri Platanias as Tonio in Pagliacci

Christine Goerke as Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Michel de Souza as Ping, Pavel Petro as Pong, Aled Hall as Pang and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Martina Serafin as Tosca and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Cavaradossi in Tosca

Martina Serafin as Tosca and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Cavaradossi in Tosca

Sondra Radvanovsky and Aleksandrs Antonenko in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Dimitri Platanias as Tonio, Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda, Aleksandrs Antonenko as Canio and Benjamin Hulett as Beppe in Pagliacci

Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Canio in rehearsal for Pagliacci, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu and Martina Belli as Lola in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Hibla Gerzmava as Liù and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

A performance at the launch of the Verdi syndicate

Dmitri Platanias as Tonio, Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda, Damiano Michieletto, Aleksandrs Antonenko as Canio and Benjamin Hulett as Beppe in rehearsal for Pagliacci, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu and Dmitri Platanias as Alfio in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Damiano Michieletto, Martina Belli as Lola and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Martina Belli as Lola and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turridu in Cavalleria rusticana

Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda, Aleksandrs Antonenko as Canio and Benjamin Hulett as Beppe in Pagliacci

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Canio and Dimitri Platanias as Tonio in Pagliacci

Sondra Radvanovsky and Aleksandrs Antonenko in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Aleksandrs Antonenko and Sondra Radvanovsky in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera