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A winner of the 2012 Sullivan Musical Foundation Grant, Russian-American Baritone Aleksey Bogdanov has performed to great critical acclaim in some of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls.
Recent engagements include Carmen with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where Mr. Bogdanov was praised by Opera Today for his “preening, pompous Escamillo” and “tightly focused, riveting baritone”.
Highlights for the 2011-2012 season include Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Washington National Opera and Escamillo in Carmen with the Glimmerglass Festival. Mr. Bogdanov also made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Bass Soloist in Handel’s Messiah and his National Symphony Orchestra debut in Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
Other credits include Marcello in La bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Figaro, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Rabbi David in L'amico Fritz, and the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. An avid oratorio soloist, Mr. Bogdanov has recently performed the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, Dvo?ák's Te Deum, and Stravinsky's Les Noces.
Mr. Bogdanov has recently performed with Washington Concert Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Post-Classical Ensemble, Opera North, San Francisco Opera Merola Program, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he made his professional debut in William Walton's Troilus and Cressida. He has performed in recital at La Scala in Milan, and he has also been featured on A Prairie Home Companion.
In addition to the Sullivan Grant, Mr. Bogdanov is the recipient of the 2011 Richard F. Gold Career Grant and the winner of the 2009 and 2011 Florida Grand Opera Voice competition.
Born in 1983 in Odessa, Ukraine, Mr. Bogdanov immigrated to San Francisco, California, in 1992. He received his music education at the University of California Santa Cruz and Indiana University. Mr. Bogdanov received additional training as a Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Washington National Opera.