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Taras Shtonda

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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.

General Management: Opera Connection
Arab and Asian countries: EVA. European Vocal Agency

Introduction

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.

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Repertoire

Wagner
Hagen
Götterdämmerung
Delibes
Nilakantha
Lakme
Offenbach
Crespel
Les contes d'Hoffmann
Prokofiev
Johann Faust
The Fiery Angel
Gounod
Méphistophélès
Faust
Shostakovich
Boris Timofeyevich
Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Tchaikovsky
Prince Gremin
Eugene Onegin
Mussorgsky
Pimen
Boris Godunov
Verdi
Ramfis
Aida
Mussorgsky
Boris Godunov
Boris Godunov
Mozart
Il Commendatore
Don Giovanni
Mozart
Il Commendatore
Don Giovanni
Bellini
Oroveso
Norma
Wagner
Wotan
Die Walküre
Verdi
The Grand Inquisitor
Don Carlos
Verdi
Count Walter
Luisa Miller
Wagner
Gurnemanz
Parsifal
Tchaikovsky
Mamïrov
The Enchantress
Tchaikovsky
Mamïrov
The Enchantress
Offenbach
Four villains
Les contes d'Hoffmann
Verdi
Zaccaria
Nabucco

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Critics

Der Ukrainer Taras Shtonda, der dritte Gast, lehrt als Hagen alle das Fürchten, wird mit seinem grandios starken und profunden Bass zur Inkarnation des Bösen.

``Kiels Spiel mit dem Feuer`` - Arndt Voß - nmz.de Oper Kiel - Götterdämmerung - Season: 2017/18

Als Hagen stellt sich Taras Shtonda in Kiel vor und avanciert trotz der absolut bösen Rolle zum Publikumsliebling des Abends. Mit rabenschwarzem Bass zeichnet er den grimmen Albensohn, dessen einziges Ziel ist, in den Besitz des Rings zu kommen.

``Untergang durch Feuerkugel`` - Thomas Molke - omm.de Oper Kiel - Götterdämmerung - Season: 2017/18

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