Russian-born tenor Viktor Antipenko, praised for his effortless, expressive sound and excellent technique, continues to sing leading roles to great acclaim in theaters throughout Europe, South America and the United States.
In the current season, Antipenko returned to Ópera de Oviedo as Andrey in Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa and appeared at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow as Vaudemont in Iolanta under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev. Most recently, he debuted as the title role in Wagner’s Parsifal as well as Hermann in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades at Theater Chemnitz in Germany, earning rave reviews for his portrayal of these complex and demanding roles. Future engagements include Lensky in Eugene Onegin with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Enzo in La Gioconda at the Innsbruck Theater, and a return to Theater Chemnitz in The Queen of Spades, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Fidelio.
Recent engagements have included the title role in Lohengrin at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and Opéra de Rouen; his Bolshoi Theatre debut as Don José in Carmen, a role which he also performed with Opera Las Vegas, Opera Fairbanks, in concert with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and at a gala performance at the Winter International Arts Festival led by Maestro Yuri Bashmet in Sochi, Russia; Luigi in Il Tabarro with the Vero Beach Opera; his debut in Spain as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Ópera de Oviedo, a role which he also performed with Opera Las Vegas; Vaudemont with New Opera NYC in San Francisco; Grigori in a special gala performance of Boris Godunov at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe; and Erik in Der fliegende Holländer at the Bolshoi Theatre.
On the concert stage, Antipenko has appeared as the tenor soloist in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Vladimir Jurowski; in Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus with the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra at the New York Society for Ethical Culture; in Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Grand Philharmonie Hall in St. Petersburg; at the Heidelberg er Schlossfestspielen Music Festival in an “Hommage a Sevilla” gala performance; and as Radames in highlights from Aida in The Netherlands, in addition to soloist engagements with the Russian Chamber Arts Society in Washington, D.C. and Vero Beach Opera. He also recorded Prokofiev’s “On Guard for Peace” with Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Viktor Antipenko was the Eastern Region winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 2014, as well as a previous first place winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Sembrich Vocal Competition. Antipenko studied at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, where he performed the roles of Luigi in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Riccardo in Verdi’s Oberto in AVA concerts at the Kimmel Center. He also studied voice and choral conducting at the Glinka Choral College in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is a graduate of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.