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


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, 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) and Gurnemanz (Parsifal) at Malmö Opera, to where he returns this season as Nilakantha in Delibes' Lakmé.

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.

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He was also invited to sing Oroveso (Norma) at the Toulon Opera, Prince Gremin at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Faust (The Fiery Angel) at Opera de Lyon 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. 

Taras 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.

He 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.

Shtonda's most recent and upcoming engagements include Boris in Katerina Izmaylova at the Bolshoi theatre, Hagen in Götterdämmerung at the Kiel theatre and Hunding in Die Walküre at Oper Frankfurt.

In addition to his work on the opera stage, Taras Shtonda is a very active concert singer and recitalist having made numerous CD recordings. Shtonda holds the title of People‘s Artist of Ukraine.


Taras Shtonda - Moussorgsky "Boris Godunov"

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


Taras Shtonda La Calunnia (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

Don Carlo / Filippo "Ella giammai m'amo"

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Taras Shtonda sings Hagen in Götterdämmung in Kiel's Ring production

Taras Shtonda sings Hagen in "Götterdämmerung at Theater Kiel, Premiere on March 10, 2018.

Performances: March 25, 30, April 4, May 10, 19 July 1st, 2018.


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