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 All-Russian Open Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2007, Grand-prix)
• Prize-winner at the I International Pavel Lisitsian Baritone Competition (Moscow, 2008, Grand-prix)
• Prize-winner at the II International Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singers Competition (Moscow, 2008, 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Competition Villa de Colmenar Viejo (Colmenar Viejo, 2009, 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the VII International Elena Obraztsova Competition (St Petersburg, 2009, 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Francesc Viñas Competition (Barcelona, 2011, 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Long – Thibaud – Crespin Competition (Paris, 2011, 2nd Grand-prix, Prize of the Long – Thibaud – Crespin Foundation and Prize of the Orchestre national de France)
• Prize-winner at the International Competition Monte Carlo Voice Masters (Monaco, 2011, Grand-prix)
• Prize-winner at the International Competition Competizione dell’opera (Moscow, 2011, 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Competition Operalia (Beijing, 2012, 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (Amsterdam, 2013, 2nd prize)
Roman Burdenko studied at the Novosibirsk Glinka Conservatoire (class of Vladimir Prudnik) before transferring to the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire 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.
From 2006 to 2011 Roman Burdenko was a soloist at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, then was a soloist at the Novosibirsk Opera.
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 includes:
Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
Lionel (The Maid of Orleans)
Prince Yeletsky, Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades)
Robert, Ibn-Hakia (Iolanta)
Rangoni (Boris Godunov)
Igor Svyatoslavich (Prince Igor)
Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar's Bride)
Venetian Guest (Sadko)
Ruprecht (The Fiery Angel)
Don Ferdinand (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Tsarev (Semyon Kotko)
Patsyuk (Christmas Eve)
Belcore (L’elisir d’amore)
Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor)
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)
Marcello (La bohème)
Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi)
Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana)
Silvio, Tonio (Pagliacci)
Michonnet (Adriana Lecouvreur)
High Priest of Dagon (Samson et Dalila)
Alberich (Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung)
Repertoire also includes: Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor), Stankar (Stiffelio), Dunois (The Maid of Orleans), Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Fyodor Poyarok (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia), Aegisthus (The Oresteia).
He has appeared as a guest soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, Bayerische Staatsoper, Zürich Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Glyndebourne Festival.
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).