Baritone Igor Onishchenko studied at the National Nezhdanova Academy of Music in his hometown of Odessa, Ukraine. Currently in his third and final year as a member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper, where his roles have included Schaunard La bohème, Bello La fanciulla del West, Masetto Don Giovanni, L’Imperial Commissario Madama Butterfly and Antonio Le nozze di Figaro, Igor’s guest appearances also include Escamillo Carmen for Opéra Royal de Versaille, Silvio Pagliacci for the Ravenna Festival, and forthcoming his role debut as Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Israeli Opera. Igor was a semi-finalist at the 2015 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition and quarter-finalist at Operalia in 2019.
Ukrainian baritone Igor Onishchenko trained at the National Nezhdanova Academy of Music and the National Law Academy in his hometown of Odessa, where he studied with Yuriy Buchka. Igor also recently graduated with an honours degree from the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. He was a semi-finalist at the 2015 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition and quarter-finalist at Operalia in 2019. Since the 2016/17 season Igor has been a member of the solo ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Igor made his operatic debut in 2015 as Count Ceprano Rigoletto at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, under the baton of Daniel Oren, sharing the stage with Ludovic Tezier, Saimir Pirgu and Nino Machaidze. Shortly afterwards he became a Novomatic scholar at the Wiener Staatsoper where he made his house debut as Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia, later returning to sing Cristiano Un ballo in maschera and the 1st Police officer/Shchelkalov Boris Godunov.
Igor’s roles at the Wiener Statsoper have included Silvio Pagliacci, Bello La fanciulla del West, Spalanzani Les contes d’Hoffmann, Count Pâris Roméo et Juliette, Masetto Don Giovanni, Schaunard La bohème, L’imperial Commissario Madama Butterfly, and Antonio Le nozze di Figaro, both in Vienna and on tour to Japan conducted by Riccardo Muti.
Notable guest engagements include the title role Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile, Mill Worker Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Salzburg Festival, Silvio Pagliacci at the Ravenna Festival, Escamillo Carmen at the Opéra Royal de Versailles and the Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes, Valladolid, and title role Don Giovanni at the Tulchyn Operafest conducted by Oksana Lyniv. Forthcoming he will make his role debut as Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv.
Igor has participated in masterclasses with Ludovic Tézier, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ernesto Palacio, Juan Diego Florez, Saimir Pirgu, Vitaliy Bilyy and Plácido Domingo, Marco Armiliato, Riccardo Muti, Jesús López-Cobos, Daniel Oren, Attilio Cremonesi, Adam Fischer, Marko Letonja, Mikko Franck and Vasyl Vasylenko.
His current repertoire also includes Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Dandini La Cenerentola, Mercutio Romeo et Juliette, title role Eugene Onegin, Belcore L’elisir d’amore, Malatesta Don Pasquale, Marcello La bohème, Ping Turandot, Yeletsky Queen of Spades and Robert Iolanta.
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