Roman Burdenko is one of the most exciting young baritones, equally appraised by respected critics, the general public and colleagues. Since his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2013, he has been frequently performing at this theatre as well as accompanied Maestro Gergiev on tour to Italy, Germany, Asia and the US and became a soloist of this theatre in 2017.
Roman is a welcome guest at various opera theatres and Festivals where he made several successful debuts, performing the title role in Nabucco at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ford in Falstaff and Giorgio Germont in La Traviata at the Glyndebourne Festival, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Opéra de Lille and Riccardo in I Puritani at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Opera Festival. Another highlight was his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2014, as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore as well as Renato in Un ballo in Maschera at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Alfio and Tonio at the Opernhaus Zürich in 2016.
Some most recent engagements include Tonio in Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and, Rangoni in Boris Godunov at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Marcello in La Bohème at Komische Oper Berlin, Stankar in Stiffelio at Abao Olbe in Bilbao, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Palm Beach Opera, Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra in Chile and Opéra national du Rhin and Prince Igor at the Bolshoi Theatre.
His future plans include a debut as Alberich in das Rheingold at the Mariinsky Theatre and at Cité de la Musique in Paris, further performances at the Opernhaus Zürich as Ford in Falstaff alongside Bryn Terfel under Fabio Luisi and Tomsky in Pique Dame. He will also sing Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as well as at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile. In addition to this he will continuously return to the Mariinsky to perform Jago (Otello), Rodrigo (Don Carlo), Tomsky and Yeletzki (Pique Dame), Simone and Paolo (Simon Boccanegra), Amonasro (Aida) and will make his debut as Michele and Gianni Schicchi in Il Trittico.
In concert he toured Konzerthaus Dortmund and Wales Milleinum Center Cardiff as Don Ferdinand in Betrothal in a Monastery, Barbican Hall London as Schelkalov in Boris Godunov, as well as Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as Tomsky in Pique Dame, all with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.
He is the winner of many prestigious singing competitions including Competizione dell’ Opera International Competition in Moscow (1st Prize, 2011), Concours de Chant Lyrique Long-Thibaud-Crespin in Paris (2nd Prize, 2011), Placido Domingo’s Operalia in Beijing (3rd Prize, 2012), and 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam (2nd Prize, 2013).
- Grand-prix at the St Petersburg All-Russian Open Opera Singers’ Competition (2007)
- Grand-prix at the I International Pavel Lisitsian Baritones’ Competition (2008)
- Recipient of the 1st prize at the II International Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singers’ Competition (2008)
- Recipient of the 2nd prize at the International Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Spain (2009)
- Recipient of the 1st prize at the VII International Elena Obraztsova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (2009)
- Recipient of the 3rd prize at the International Francesc Viñas Competition (Barcelona, 2011)
- Grand-prix at the Monte Carlo Voice Masters International Vocalists’ Competition (Monaco, 2011)
- Recipient of the 1st prize at the Competizione dell’opera international opera competition (Germany, Moscow, 2011)
- Recipient of the 3rd prize at the XX Operalia International Competition (Beijing, 2012)
- Recipient of the 2nd prize at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singers’ Competition (Amsterdam, 2013)
For the role of Igor Svyatoslavich he was nominated for Russia’s national Golden Mask theatre award in the category “Best Male Role in Opera” (Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet, 2010).