Russian baritone Igor Golovatenko makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Giorgio Germont (La traviata).
Golovatenko studied at the Moscow Academy of the Choral Arts and won First Prize in St Petersburg’s Three Centuries of Classical Romance Competition and Second Prize in Dresden’s Opera Competition. He is a former soloist with Moscow’s Novaya Opera and now a leading baritone with the Bolshoi Opera, Moscow, singing roles including Giorgio Germont, Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa (Don Carlo), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) and Marcello (La bohème). Other notable appearances include Eugene Onegin for Savonlinna Opera Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Novaya Opera, Moscow, and the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Robert (Iolanta) in Savonlinna, Prince Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades) for Salzburg Festival, Count di Luna for Bavarian State Opera, Giorgio Germont for the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) for the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Cologne Opera and Severo (Poliuto) and Giorgio Germont for Glyndebourne Festival.
Notable concert appearances include Rachmaninoff’s Spring Cantata with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, Delius’s Mass of Life with the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and recitals in London and Moscow.