Taras Shtonda

Bass-Baritone/Bass

 

Highlights

  • 2012 Count Walter (Luisa Miller) at Malmö Opera
  • 2013 Il Grande Inquisitore in "Don Carlo" at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
  • 2014 Prince Gremin (Eugen Onegin) and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) at Glyndebourne Festival
  • 2015 Pimen (Boris Godunov) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival
  • 2017 Hagen (Götterdämmerung) at Kiel theatre
  • 2019 Hunding (Die Walküre) at Frankfurt Opera
  • 2022 Hagen and Gurnemanz (alternating with René Pape) at Leipzig Opera
  • 2023 Grand Inquisitor ROH Covent Graden
  • 2023 house debut as Basilio at Semperoper Dresden

Biography

Taras Shtonda is not only a principal soloist at the National Opera of Kyiv and an “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), Méphistophélès (Faust), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Kotchubei (Mazepa), King Rene (Iolanta) and Prince Galitsky (Prince Igor) among many others.

In the early stage of his career, Taras Shtonda debuted as Dossifey in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina and sang the role among many others in Moscow and Warsaw (2002). His early roles also included 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 in St. Petersburg. At the Savonlinna Opera Festival Shtonda sang a highly acclaimed Pimen in Boris Godunov alongside Matti Salminen.

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

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

In March of 2022, Shtonda stepped in to sing Fafner and Hagen in the Oper Leipzig Ring production, as well as Gurnemanz (Parsifal), alternating with René Pape. He made his role debut as Daland (Flying Duchman) in August 2022 at the Klaipeda Opera Festival in Lithuania. His most recent and future engagements include Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo) at the Bremen Theater and in his Covent Garden debut in London in June 2023,  Commendatore (Don Giovanni) in Malmö, as well as Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Grand Inquisitor at the Dresden Semperoper.

Video

Götterdämmerung – Hagen - "Hier sitz' ich zur Wacht"

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"

LIED

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 returns to Semperoper Dresden as Grand Inquisitor

Taras Shtona returns to the Semperoper in Dresden as Grand Inquisitor in  "Don Carlo".

Premiere: May 12, 2024

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