Monday, February 16, 2009

Another Emerging Barihunk: Alexander Vinogradov

[Photo of Vinogradov as Escamillo from the Washington Post]

As promised, this week is dedicated to the Barihunks bench. Meet Alexander Vinogradov a 32-year-old Russian barihunk who sings regularly at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. As with many bass-baritones, his barihunk roles are limited, but he's made Escamillo his calling card and performs both Masetto and Leporello in Don Giovanni.

Vinogradov is known as a bit of a brainiac and studied at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology before embarking on a music career. In 2003, he was a finalist in Plácido Domingo's Operalia International Competition, having already won or placed in a number of vocal competitions. As you can see from this video of him in Tokyo, he has a rich, full sound that is wonderfully secure. More importantly, he's one hot bowl of barihunk borscht.

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  1. I heard this guy a few times in more Basso roles: Rossini's Basilio, Figaro in "Le Nozze" and I think, Timur in "Turandot - all in Berlin State opera. And just a week ago he was quite a stoodout as Escamliio in Dresden. And I heard hom in a broadcast of "Luisa Miller" from Bastille in the role of Walther! Looks like teenager, but has a very mature voice and artistry. Also having in mind his repertoire goes from Sarastro to Escamillo - new name to watch.

  2. He's the best of the young singers you've posted. What a voice and it looks like quite a stage presence, too. I agree that this is THE guy to watch.

  3. This kid has talent.