Russian-American baritone Aleksey Bogdanov is a graduate of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program (2009–11). His many roles with WNO include Mozart’s Figaro, Guglielmo, Don Giovanni, and Masetto; Sharpless and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly; Christiano in Un ballo in maschera; a Gravedigger in Hamlet; a Cappadocian in Salome; and a Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos. Future engagements include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Samuel Griffiths in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy at The Glimmerglass Festival, Escamillo in Carmen with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Jimmy in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel with Opera Parallèle. Recent career highlights include his Canadian debut as Eugene Onegin with Edmonton Opera; Escamillo in Carmen with The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and The Atlanta Opera; and his Carnegie Hall debut as the Bass Soloist in Handel’s Messiah. He has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Concert Opera, and on the radio shows A Prairie Home Companion and Classical Conversations. Born in 1983 in Odessa, Ukraine, he immigrated to San Francisco in 1992. He is a two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions at the district level, a two-time winner of the Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition, and a Career Grant recipient from the Sullivan Musical Foundation, The Shoshana Foundation, and Pasadena Opera Guild.