Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season singing Marcello (La bohème).
Bondarenko grew up in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine, and studied at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy, Kiev. He was a prize-winner in the 2006 Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition, and represented Ukraine in the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, winning the Song Prize. He joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 2007 and made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2009. He is a member of Zürich Opera, where his roles have included Marcello and Malatesta (Don Pasquale). Other engagements include Eugene Onegin for Glyndebourne Festival, Cologne Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Dallas Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) for Vilnius City Opera, Mariinsky Theatre and Scottish Opera, Marcello for Cologne Opera, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) for Bavarian State Opera and Israeli Opera, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) in Perm and Cologne, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Billy Budd for Mariinsky Theatre, Robert (Iolanta) for Dallas Opera and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opera Australia and the Bolshoi Theatre.
Bondarenko has appeared in concert and recital at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall, with concert engagements including The Bells and Spring Cantata with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His recordings include Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro (Sony Classics) and Rachmaninoff songs (Delphian).