Russian-born tenor Viktor Antipenko made his debut with Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie in the title role of Lohengrin this season, for which he received glowing reviews. Prior to his appearances in Rouen, he performed Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen at the Festival of Maestro Yuri Bashmet in Sochi, Russia in a gala concert conducted by Maestro Bashmet. Recent engagements include Luigi in Il Tabarro in his return to Vero Beach Opera, concerts with the Russian Chamber Arts Society celebrating Tchaikovsky in Washington, D.C., Dimitri in Boris Godunov in Karlsruhe, Pinkerton in Oviedo, Don Jose in Carmen, and Erik in Die Fliegender Hollander at the Bolshoi Opera. As guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra he performed Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, conducted by Maestro Vladamir Jurowski. Future plans include Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa in Oviedo, Tchaikovsky’s Iolantha in Moscow at Tchaikovsky Hall, Prince Guidon in The Golden Cockerel at the Amsterdam Concertgebuow with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and the role of Lenski with Hawaii Opera Theatre.
In 2012 he sang with Opera de Lyon and on the occasion of his performance, the Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung of the Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele noted, “His wonderfully smooth lyric tenor voice in Ernani’s cavatina was gorgeously blooming in flowing colors, sounding cultured and completely effortless. Such natural vocal beauty, as we heard from this Russian tenor is rare. A sincere, soulful poetry of Don Jose’s Aria was conveyed with exemplary top and excellent technique.”
The young St. Petersburg native studied voice and choral conducting at the prestigious Glinka Choral College in St. Petersburg, Russia. While there, he recorded Prokofiev’s “On Guard for Peace” with Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon his graduation he joined the Mariinsky Opera House, performing as a solo artist.
Mr. Antipenko is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (AVA), where he performed such roles as Luigi in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Riccardo in Verdi’s Oberto. Other credits include Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen with the Allentown Symphony, Kodaly’s “Psalmus Hungaricus” with the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra, and the role of the Shepherd in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with Opera de Lyon.
Viktor was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Eastern Region last year. At home in both orchestral concerts and recitals, he performs Russian Art and Folk Songs with unmatched knowledge of style and finesse.
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