The image of an imperious nothingness in Das Rheingold, its comicality crossing over into non-frightening and theatrical villainy, are re-forged in Götterdämmerung into true evil, and Burdenko succeeds with all the facets of this transformation with ease. His voice – a lyric baritone, supple, pliant, with ideally balanced registers – sounds like some magical bell with no indistinct or wrong notes. He did not specially stress the words, pull out the vocal line or attempt to make the role unusual or interesting (although for Alberich this can be appropriate). He did not step away from the principals of the correct method of sound production, he stole the mise en scènes, and, it transpires, that was enough for the role to be a success.
Denis Velikzhanin, Colta.ru, 22 December 2020
• Prize-winner at the 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (Amsterdam, 2013; 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 20th World Opera Competition Operalia (Beijing, 2012; 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 11th Competizione dell’Opera (Moscow, 2011; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the 5th Monte-Carlo Voice Masters (Monaco, 2011; Grand Prix)
• Prize-winner at the 1st Concours international d’art lyrique Régine Crespin (Paris, 2011; 2nd Grand Prix, Prize of the Long–Thibaud–Crespin Foundation and Prize of the Orchestre National de France)
• Prize-winner at the 48th Tenor Viñas Contest (Barcelona, 2011; 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 7th Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg, 2009; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the 4th Concurso Internacional de Canto Villa de Colmenar Viejo (Colmenar Viejo, Spain, 2009; 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 2nd Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers’ Competition (Moscow, 2008; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the 1st International Pavel Lisitsian Baritone Competition (Moscow, 2008; Grand Prix)
• Prize-winner at the 3rd All-Russian Open Competition of Opera Singers St Petersburg (2007; Grand Prix)
Roman Burdenko was born in Barnaul in 1984. He studied at the Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatoire (class of Vladimir Prudnik) before transferring to the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory from which he graduated in 2008 (class of Vladimir Vaneyev). In 2009 he trained on the Young Opera Singers programme at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Was a soloist with the Mikhailovsky Theatre and the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
He made his Mariinsky Theatre debut in 2013, appearing as Belcore in the premiere of a new production of L’elisir d’amore. Roman Burdenko joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2017.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
Lionel (The Maid of Orleans)
Prince Yeletsky, Count Tomsky, Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades)
Robert, Ibn-Hakia (Iolanta)
Rangoni, Andrei Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov)
Igor Svyatoslavich (Prince Igor)
Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride)
A Venetian Merchant (Sadko)
Ruprecht (The Fiery Angel)
Ferdinand (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Tsaryov (Semyon Kotko)
Patsyuk (Christmas Eve)
Belcore (L’elisir d’amore)
Lord Henry Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser)
Alberich (Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung)
Sixtus Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, concert performance)
Rodrigo (Don Carlo)
Count di Luna (Il trovatore)
Giorgio Germont (La traviata)
Renato (Un ballo in maschera)
Don Carlo (La forza del destino)
Simon Boccanegra, Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra)
Iago (Verdi’s Otello)
Falstaff (Falstaff, chamber version)
Marcello (La Bohème)
Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi)
Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana)
Silvio, Tonio (Pagliacci)
Michonnet (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Valentin (Gounod’s Faust)
High Priest of Dagon (Samson et Dalila)
Baron Scarpia (Tosca)
He has sung in premieres of new Mariinsky Theatre productions of L’elisir d’amore and Il trovatore (2013), The Queen of Spades and La traviata (2015), Simon Boccanegra and Samson et Dalila (2016), The Maid of Orleans (2021).
Repertoire also includes: Carlo Gérard (Andrea Chénier), Sir Richard Forth (I puritani), Stankar (Stiffelio), Dunois (The Maid of Orleans), Marquis di Posa (Don Carlo), Fyodor Poyarok (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya), Aegisthus (Taneyev’s Oresteia), Old Mighty Bogatyr (Sadko), Alexander Petrovich Bubentsov (Moscow, Cheryomushki).
In 2018 – on Mariinsky Opera tours – he has appeared as Alberich in Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Philharmonie de Paris. He has appeared as a guest soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Opéra national du Rhin (Strasbourg), the Opéra de Lille, the Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen), the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and other venues as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival.
For the role of Igor Svyatoslavich in Prince Igor Roman Burdenko was nominated for Russia’s Golden Mask National Theatre Award in the category “Best Male Role in Opera” (Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, 2010). For the role of Count Tomsky in The Queen of Spades he took the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize (Mariinsky Theatre, 2015).