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), Méphistophélès (Faust), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Kotchubei (Mazepa), King Rene (Iolanta) and Prince Galitsky (Prince Igor) among many others.
Already in 2002 Taras Shtonda debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Dossifey in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina and has sung leading roles there ever since, the latest being Boris Godunov and Boris Izmaylov (Katerina Izmaylova) in 2017. Shtonda has also sung Dossifey 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). More recently, he was invited to sing 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 the Mariinsky Theatre under Maestro Valery Gergiev. In the summer of 2015, Shtonda sang a highly acclaimed Pimen in Boris Godunov at the Savonlinna Opera Festival alongside Matti Salminen.
Some other highlights of his career include Boris Godunov at the Bolshoi theatre, 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.
In 2017, Taras Shtonda made his debut as Hagen (Götterdämmerung) at Theater Kiel, and his most recent engagements include 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. His season 2021/22 is full of work at the Ukrainian National Opera in roles such as Zaccharia, König Marke, Monterone, Prince Gremin and one of his favorites, Aleko. His debut at Covent Garden in London as Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlos) summer 2001 was postponed due to the pandemic to June 2023.
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