Internationally celebrated, Taras Shtonda is one of today’s foremost interpreters of many of the darkest Verdi and Wagner roles, also probably one of the most important interprets of the great Russian bass roles of the present time.
Mr. Shtonda’s future and most recent engagements include among other Boris in Katerina Izmaylova at the Bolshoi theatre, Hagen in Götterdämmerung at the Kiel theatre and Hunding in Die Walküre at Oper Frankfurt, also Fafner in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen Cycle at Grand-Théâtre de Genève.
Since 1992, Mr. Shtonda is not only a principal soloist at the National Opera of Ukraine, but also a frequent guest artist in many of the world’s foremost opera houses, he performed at Bolshoi theatre (title role in Boris Godunov, 2007-2016), as Prince Gremin (Eugen Onegin) at the Oslo Opera House, Mamyrov in Tchaikovsky‘s Enchantress at Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Il 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 as Nilakantha in Delibes’ Lakmé, 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.
Mr. Shtonda has performed with many leading international music festivals, including Glyndebourne Festival, the Avignon Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Vienna KlangBogen Festival and the Prague Autumn Festival.
In summer 2015, Shtonda sang a highly acclaimed Pimen in Boris Godunov at the Savonlinna Opera Festival alongside Matti Salminen.
His repertoire of operatic roles 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.
Mr Shtonda is also very much in demand as a concert singer and recitalist, having made numerous CD recordings.
Mr Shtonda holds the title of People‘s Artist of Ukraine.
Past awards include:
- the 1st prize in 1997 at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens, Greece
- the 2nd prize in 1997 at the International Francisco Vinas Vocal Competition in Barcelona, Spain
- the 3rd prize in 1996 at the International J. Gayarre contest in Pamplona, Spain
- the 2nd prize in 2000 at the International Buhl-Buhl contest in Baku, Azerbaijan