Aleksandr Antonenko

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Aleksandr Antonenko
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Aleksandrs Antoņenko in 2008
Background information
BornJune 26, 1975 (1975-06-26) (age 43)
Riga, Latvia
Occupation(s)Opera singer (tenor)
Years active2009-present

Aleksandrs Antoņenko (born in Riga June 26, 1975) is a Latvian tenor who specializes in dramatic repertoire, The Metropoliten opera, La Scala soloist.

Biography[edit]

Alexander Antonenko was born in Riga in a large family. Already in childhood showed an aptitude for music.

In 1998 he graduated from the music College of the Latvian Academy of music in the class of wind instruments and in parallel began vocal lessons at singing teacher Margarita Gruzdeva[1]. She identified him in the tenors, although many believed that the voice of Alexander was bass-baritone. Antonenko considers his teacher as his second mother and continues to take her lessons, becoming an Opera star.

He studied at the vocal Department of the Academy of Music in the class of Professor Arvid Luste.

In 1997 he began singing in the choir of the Latvian National Opera.

In 1998 he made his solo debut as Oberto in Handel's Opera Alcina.

In 2000 Alexander took a master class at Virgilius Noreika, which confirmed the fidelity of the received school by Margarita Gruzdeva[1].

Antonenko works without an impresario, having only an Austrian agent.

Career[edit]

Alexander Antonenko declared himself internationally, winning the Paul Sachs prize in 2002, and then a Great music award' 2004 at home, in Latvia, for Opera productions and performance of "Requiem" by Giuseppe Verdi[2].

In 2006 he made his debut as Chevalier de Grieux in the Opera Manon Lescaut at the Royal Swedish Opera and the Norwegian Opera, as well as at the Vienna State Opera.

In the season 2006-2007, the singer performed the role of José in the Norwegian state Opera (Oslo), Turiddu in the German Opera (Berlin) and Monte Carlo opera, and sang the role of Cavaradossi at the festival in Baden-Baden.

Then there were the roles of Gabriel Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) at the Frankfurt Opera and Ismail at Nabucco at the Bavarian state Opera.

In the role of Othello Antonenko made his debut in the production of Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg festival in the summer of 2008. He then performed this role at the Rome Opera house.

He debuted on stage of the Metropolitan Opera as Prince in Rusalka in 2009 in a duet with Renée Fleming[3].

In 2010, he soloed as Hermann in the Queen of spades and Othello at the Vienna State Opera, performed the role of Turiddu in the Cavalleria Rusticana in Valencia and performed Pretender under the name Grigoriy in a new production of Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan Opera.

In 2011, Riccardo Muti invited Antonenko to perform Otello at the Opéra-Garnier in Paris, accompanied by the Chicago Symphony orchestra. He also appeared in a new production of The Cloak (Il tabarro) at Covent Garden.

The Latvian singer continued his collaboration with the Swedish Royal Opera, where he took part in a new production of Puccini's Opera The Girl from the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) by Christoph Loy.

Notable appearances include a 2012 appearance in Tosca, as Cavaradossi, at La Scala. In the same year he was seen as Othello at the Royal Opera House in London.

In 2013 he appeared in the role of Radames in Aida at the Zurich Opera House. He followed that performance by appearing as Manrico in Il Trovatore at the Berlin State Opera. He has also performed in Turandot as Calaf at La Scala. In 2013, he appeared in the role of Ismaele in Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco, conducted by Nicola Luisotti at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan

In 2014, he appeared in the operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. He also received an invitation to star in a new production of the Metropolitan Opera Otello, which opened the 2015-2016 season. The production is notable within American opera circles due to the Met's decision to abandon their tradition of blackface for the role of Otello[4].

Other Antonenko performances include Norma at the Bavarian State Opera, Otello at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu and Zürich's Opernhaus, and Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House in London.

In the season of 2019-2020 he is a soloist of the Metropolitan Opera, playing the role of Radames in Aida in a duet with Anna Netrebko.

Performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Александр Антоненко: "Чтобы все сложилось, надо было много работать"". www.nashagazeta.ch (in Russian). 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  2. ^ "Aleksandrs Antonenko". www.mariinsky.ru. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  3. ^ "Aleksandrs Antonenko — People — Royal Opera House". www.roh.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  4. ^ "Aleksandr Antonenko". Vienna State Opera. Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.

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