Since 1992, Taras Shtonda is not only a principal soloist at the National Opera of Ukraine, but also a frequent guest on major opera and festival stages around the world. Some of his most recent engagements include Boris Godunov at the Bolshoi theatre, Prince Gremin (Eugen Onegin) at the Oslo Opera House, Four Villains (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Count Walther (Luisa Miller) and Gurnemanz (Parsifal) at Malmö Opera, Mamyrov in Tchaikovsky‘s Enchantress at Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, as well as Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
He was invited to sing Oroveso (Norma) at the Toulon Opera, Prince Gremin at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and Wotan in Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Mariinsky Theatre under Maestro Valery Gergiev. In summer 2015, Shtonda sang a highly acclaimed Pimen in Boris Godunov at the Savonlinna Opera Festival alongside Matti Salminen.
The Ukrainian bass graduated from the Kiev National Conservatory in 1993. He has won a great number of international singing competitions such as the International Francisco Vinas Vocal Contest in Barcelona (2nd prize) and the International Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens (1st prize). Shtonda holds the title of People‘s Artist of Ukraine.
Taras Shtonda has toured extensively and was a guest performer at many international music festivals including the Glyndebourne Festival, the Avignon Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Vienna KlangBogen Festival and the Prague Autumn Festival.
Some earlier highlights of his career include appearances as Grande Inquisitore in Palma de Mallorca (1997), Dossifey (Khovanshchina) in Warsaw (2002), Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Mariinsky Theatre (2003) and Pimen in Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House in London (2006). Already in 2002, Shtonda debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Dossifey and has sung leading roles there ever since, the latest being Boris Godunov in 2015 and Boris Izmaylov (Katerina Izmaylova) in 2016.
Shtonda’s broad repertoire of roles also includes Filippo II (Don Carlo), Zaccaria (Nabucco) Ramphis and Il Re (Aida), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Méphistophélès (Gounod‘s Faust), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Kotchubei (Mazepa), King Rene (Iolanta) and Prince Galitsky (Prince Igor) among many others. In addition to his work on the opera stage, Taras Shtonda is a very active concert singer and recitalist having made numerous CD recordings.