Monday, June 27, 2011

Ukrainian Baritone Andrei Bondarenko Wins Cardiff Song Prize

Andrei Bondarenko
24-year-old Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko has has won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.  Bondarenko bested four other young singers in the competition. Bondarenko, has been a member of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2007.

Bondarenko sang a diverse program that included Robert Schumann and Georgi Sviridov. The Song Prize jury was chaired by John Fisher, former chief executive and artistic director of Welsh National Opera, and included Marilyn Horne, baritone Håkan Hagegård, Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg and BBC Radio 3's Adam Gatehouse. This wasn't his first win at a major competition, he previously won the 2006 International Rimsky-Korsakov competition and took first prize at the international vocal competition "Art in the 21st Century" in Vorzel (Ukraine).

Future highlights will include his debut with the Glyndebourne Festival & Touring Opera. 

Here is his prize-winning song program:

Here his performance from the aria competition:

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  1. Is that a pistol in his pocket?

  2. Right!?! Good thing he's a classical singer and not a ballet dancer. I think it would always get smacked around by accident during any pas de deux.

  3. finally. i suggested him a few times on this blog.