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Aleksandrs Antonenko

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The Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko made his debut at the Riga Opera, where he sang the major roles in the repertoire (including Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La Traviata, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, Ismaele in Nabucco, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Don José in Carmen and Cavaradossi in Tosca). In 2002, he won the Paul Sakss prize in Latvia. He then began an international career in the lyric spinto tenor repertoire. He made his French debut in 2005 at the Bordeaux Opera (Hermann in The Queen of Spades). He has sung at the Dresden Semperoper, (Cavaradossi, Otello), Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, (Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana), the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (where he notably sang Joseph Hagenbach in La Wally), the Royal Opera in Stockholm (Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West), the Oslo Opera (Des Grieux, Don José in Carmen, the Monte Carlo Opera (Turiddu), the Baden-Baden Festival (Cavaradossi), the Frankfurt Opera (Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra), the Bavarian State Opera, Munich (Ismaele), the Paris Opera (Otello), the Grand Théâtre, Geneva (Samson et Dalila), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (Luigi in Il Tabarro, Otello), and La Scala in Milan (Cavaradossi).
He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 in the title role of Otello under the baton of Riccardo Muti and he made his debut appearance at the Verona Arena in 2012 in Tosca. More recently, he sang Radames in Zurich, Riga and at the Paris Opera, Manrico (Il Trovatore) at the Staatsoper, Berlin under Daniel Barenboim, Calaf (Turandot) at Milan’s La Scala, and the Metropolitan Opera, Don José, Pollione, and Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Canio (Pagliacci) and Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Samson at the Paris Opera, Dick Johnson and Cavaradossi at the Vienna Staatsoper and Otello in Zurich.

Creations at the Opera

  • Mario Cavaradossi

    Tosca - 2009

  • Otello

    Otello - 2011


Winner of the Paul Sakss Competition in 2002 Latvian Music Grand Prix in 2004

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