Russian-born tenor Viktor Antipenko, praised for his effortless, expansive sound and excellent technique, continues to sing leading roles to great acclaim, and becoming a tenor to watch in the dramatic repertoire.
After successful debut in the role of Enzo Grimaldo in La Gioconda last season, Mr. Antipenko is returning to Landestheather Innsbruck to perform the role of Gabriele Adorno in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Later this season Viktor will debut the role of Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walküre and the role of Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, both in Theater Chemnitz.
Future engagements include concert performances of From Jewish Folk Poetry by Shostakovich in Kassel, a debut with the Dallas Opera, the title role of Lohengrin in Germany, and performances at the New National Theater in Tokyo.
Recent engagements have included the role of Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Hawaii Opera Theater, Andrey in Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa with Ópera de Oviedo and Vaudemont in Iolanta under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
Mr. Antipenko also recently debuted the role of Hermann in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades at Theater Chemnitz in Germany and earned rave reviews for his portrayal of this demanding role. Shortly after this success he debuted the title role of Parsifal by Wagner there as well.
Other credits, including Lohengrin at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and Opéra de Rouen; Don José in Carmen at the Bolshoi Theatre, a role which he also performed with Opera Las Vegas, Opera Fairbanks, and in concert with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and at a gala performance at the Winter International Arts Festival led by Maestro Yuri Bashmet in Sochi, Russia; Luigi in Il Tabarro with Vero Beach Opera; his debut in Spain as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Ópera de Oviedo, a role which he also performed with Opera Las Vegas; Vaudemont in Iolanta with New Opera NYC in San Francisco; Grigori in a special gala performance of Boris Godunov at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Erik in Der fliegende Holländer at the Bolshoi Theatre.
On the concert stage, he has appeared as the tenor soloist in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Vladimir Jurowski; in Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus with the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra at the New York Society for Ethical Culture; in Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Grand Philharmonie Hall in St. Petersburg; at the Heidelberger Schlossfestspielen Music Festival in an “Hommage a Sevilla” gala performance; and as Radames in highlights from Aida in The Netherlands; in addition to soloist engagements with the Russian Chamber Arts Society in Washington, D.C., and Vero Beach Opera.
Antipenko recorded Prokofiev’s “On Guard for Peace” with Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and was the Eastern Region winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 2014.