Taras Shtonda




  • 2013 Il Grande Inquisitore in "Don Carlo" at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
  • 2014 Prince Gremin (Eugen Onegin) and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) at Glyndebourne Festival
  • 2007-2016 Boris Godunov at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
  • 2015 Pimen (Boris Godunov) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival
  • 2012 Gurnemanz (Parsifal) in Malmö Opera
  • 2017 Hagen (Götterdämmerung) at Kiel theatre
  • 2019 Hunding (Die Walküre) at Frankfurt Opera


Taras Shtonda is not only a principal soloist at the National Opera of Kiev and a „Honored Artist of Ukraine“, but also a frequent guest at major opera houses and festivals around the world.

Shtonda’s broad repertoire includes Filippo II (Don Carlo), Zaccaria (Nabucco) Ramphis and Il Re (Aida), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Mephistopheles (Faust), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Kotchubei (Mazepa), King Rene (Iolanta) and Prince Galitsky (Prince Igor) among many others.

In early stage of his career Taras Shtonda debuted as Dossifey in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina and sang it among others in Moscow and Warsaw (2002). His early roles also include Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor in St Petersburg (2003) and Pimen in Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House in London (2006). His further international engagements included Boris Godunov and Boris Izmaylov (Katerina Izmaylova) in Moscow, Oroveso (Norma) at the Toulon Opera, Faust (The Fiery Angel) at Opera de Lyon, Mephisto (Faust) in Budapest and Wotan in Wagner’s Die Walküre at in St Petersburg. In Savonlinna Opera Festival Shtonda sang a highly acclaimed Pimen in Boris Godunov at the alongside with Matti Salminen.

Some other highlights of his career include Prince Gremin (Eugen Onegin) at the Oslo Opera House as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival, Mamyrov in Tchaikovsky‘s Enchantress at Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, as well as Four Villains (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Count Walther (Luisa Miller), Gurnemanz (Parsifal) and Nilakantha in Delibes' Lakmé at Malmö Opera.

His most recent successes include his role debut as Hagen (Götterdämmerung) at Theater Kiel, Hunding (Die Walküre) at Frankfurt Opera, Hagen at Oviedo Opera, Fafner (Rheingold/Siegfried) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Boris Godunov in Teatro Verdi in Trieste.

In March 2022 Shtonda jumped in to the Ring production of the Oper Leipzig singing Fafner and Hagen, as well as Gurnemanz (Parsifal). His Covent Garden debut in London as Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo) in summer 2021 was postponed due to the pandemic to June 2023.    


Taras Shtonda - Boris Godounov, Kiew 16.11.2020

Taras Shtonda - Moussorgsky "Boris Godunov"

Taras Shtonda - Hagen / Götterdämmerung 2019

Taras Shtonda Aleko's cavatina from "Aleko" by S.Rachmaninoff

Taras Shtonda "Madamina"

Taras Shtonda La Calunnia (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

Don Carlo / Filippo "Ella giammai m'amo"

Concert Repertoire

J.S. Bach  "Matthäus Passion"

L. v. Beethoven  "9th Symphony", "Missa solemnis"

G. Donizetti  "Requiem"

A. Dvorak   "Te Deum"

G. Fauré   "Requiem"

G.F. Händel   "Messiah"

L. Janacek   "Glagolitic mass"

W.A. Mozart   "Requiem"

G. Rossini   "Stabat Mater"

C. Saint-Saens   "Requiem"

D. Shostakovich   "Symphonies 13 and 14"

G. Verdi   "Requiem"


F. Schubert, R. Schumann (incl. "Dichterliebe"), J. Brahms, E. Grieg, J. Massenet, G. Fauré, M. Glinka, A. Dargomyzhsky, M. Moussorgsky (incl. "Songs and dances of Death"), N. Rimsky-Korsakov, P. Tchaikovsky, S. Rachmaninoff, D. Shostakovich (incl. "5 days"), G. Sviridov, old Russian romances and Ukrainian songs

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Upcoming Events

Taras Shtonda sings Fafner in Leipzig

After singing Hagen and Gurnemanz, Taras Shtona will sing his last performance in Leipzig this season: Fafner / Rheingold in Rosamund Gilmore's Ring production at Oper Leipzig

July 7, 2022

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