Andrej Dunaev

Tenor

"Andrej Dunaev was the highlight of this production: his solar sound, elegant musicality, sincere, simple and powerfully internalized expression captivated and moved us throughout the show."

Frank Langlois, ResMusica

"On stage, it's Andrej Dunaev's evening. This tenor is becoming a great expert of the French voix mixte - the combination of chest and falsetto – executed very convincingly with great passionate sound."

Alexander Dick, Badische-Zeitung

"As Lensky, the friend of Onegin, Andrej Dunaev sounds best at full cry when his voice rings out excitingly."

George Loomis, New York Times

"Andrej Dunaev gives the Duke the right blend of drama and luster."

Peter Stalder, Der Standard

"We discover Andrej Dunaev (Duke of Mantua), a fluid, bright and effortless voice which transposes easily in the lyricism of the role."

Isabelle Stibbe, Anaclase

"Dunaev has bright top notes combined with beautiful legato."

Georg Rudiger, Suedkurier

"The tenor Andrej Dunaev sings the young lover Rodolfo with bright splendor; his voice just possesses the most beautiful glow."

Lars Wallerang, WZ-Newsline

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Renowned for his portrayal as Lensky in the first new Bolshoi Theatre production of Eugene Onegin in 38 years, Andrej Dunaev toured extensively in the production to countries including Japan, Italy, Spain and the UK, appeared in the European broadcast and cinecast and is featured in the commercial DVD release. 

Recent highlights include his appearance as the Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier in his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, a performance that was also given at the 2014 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  He appeared in a new production of Luisa Miller as Rodrigo at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and returned to the Bolshoi Theater as Alfredo La Traviata, and sang his signature role, Lensky Eugene Onegin with the St Petersburg Philharmonia under the baton of Yuri Termikanov and at Theatre Basel. He appeared at Opernhaus Zurich in the title role Faust, and returned to Semperoper Dresden for Rodolfo La Boheme.

International appearances include his American debut as Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at Los Angeles Opera, and at Edmonton Opera in Canada as Lensky in the company’s 50th Anniversary production of Eugene Onegin.

Now completely freelance, Mr Dunaev’s future engagements include his return to the US to sing Alfredo in Florida, Tamino at the Semperoper Dresden, and Verdi’s Requiem in Budapest, among other concert appearances.

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Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne, DVD (Opus Arte)

June 2014

...the secondary characters are viewed in more dimensions than usual, with particular standouts from (...) Andrej Dunaev's melodious Italian Tenor...

George Hall, Opera, September 2015

Werther, Deutsche Oper am Rhein

December 2014

Andrej Dunaev sings his lyrical passages with a sensitive and secure piano. The bright color of his tenor voice pleases, of course, and when he soars up into radiant heights with gushing enthusiasm, the audience is ecstatic.

Rudolf Hermes, Derwesten

Der Rosenkavalier, BBC Proms/Glyndebourne

July 2014

Honourable mention too for Andrej Dunaev whose moment in the spotlight as an over-the-top Italian tenor was delightfully embraced.

Kimon Daltas, The Arts Desk

As the Italian Singer, the idiomatic, virile tone of tenor Andrej Dunaev impressively filled the hall

Claire Seymour, Opera Today

Amongst the smaller roles, Andrej Dunaev had a good stab at the Italian Tenor’s aria, with plenty of heft and accuracy of note values

Stephen Jay-Taylor, Opera Britannia

The other person who really filled the vast space was Andrej Dunaev as the Italian tenor — he was terrific.

Mark Ronan

Dunaev brought an expressive richness and colour to his aria

Robert Beattie, Seen and Heard international

Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne

May 2014

…ultimately dazzled as we all are by Andrej Dunaev’s Italian Tenor.

David Nice, The Arts Desk

There were plenty of strong performances around: Andrej Dunaev as the Italian Tenor.

Opera Magazine

Andrej Dunaev’s Italian Tenor introduced a voice I’d like to hear again.

Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH

Eugene Onegin, Edmonton Opera

March 2013

Outstanding is Andrej Dunaev as Lenski. He knows the role inside out, both vocally and in his acting. He brings to the part just the right combination of earnestness, the impetuousness of the poet, and slight bewilderment in the duel.

Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal

Manon, Theater Basel

Feb to June 2013

Andrej Dunaev (chevalier des Grieux) a été le phare de cette distribution : son timbre solaire, son élégante musicalité ainsi que son expression sincère, sobre et puissamment intériorisée ont captivé et ému tout au long du spectacle.

Frank Langlois, ResMusica

Don Giovanni, Los Angeles Opera

Sept 2012

Andrej Dunaev rendered Don Ottavio’s two big arias in gentlemanly fashion.

Richard S. Ginell, LA Times

He sang with such transparent grace, with a daunting power that was matched by clear passion, that the costume didn't much matter. Standing alone on the stage, with few gestures needed, he won the audiences' attention and applause at the evening's end from the audience and the orchestra pit as well.

John Farrell, Pasadena Star News

Andrej Dunaev impressed as Don Ottavio, singing both his arias with good volume.

The Opera Tatler

For sheer vocal chops, however, the duo of Don Ottavio (Andrej Dunaev) with his Caruso-esque tenor and his paramour Donna Anna (Julianna Di Giacomo) impressed the most.

David Maurer, Culture Spot LA

Andrej Dunaev’s Don Ottavio was somewhat two-dimensional, as the character often is portrayed. His tenor is radiant and somewhat broad and was more suited to the heroic “Il mio tesoro” than the contrasting verses of “Dalla sua pace”.

Matthew Richard Martinez, Bachtrack

Eugene Onegin, Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam

June 2011

As Lensky, the friend of Onegin, Andrej Dunaev sounds best at full cry when his voice rings out excitingly.

George Loomis, New York Times

Rigoletto, Opera National de Montpellier

March 2011

We discover Andrej Dunaev (Duke of Mantua), a fluid, bright and effortless voice which transposes easily in the lyricism of the role – he promises to become a tenor that will count in this kind of repertoire.

Isabelle Stibbe, Anaclase

Rigoletto, Oper Graz, Graz

Jan 2007

Andrej Dunaev gives the Duke the right blend of drama and luster.

Peter Stalder, Der Standard

Andrej Dunaev’s Opera Repertoire

BORODIN

Prince Igor (Vladimir Igorevich)

DONIZETTI

L’Elisir d’Amore (Nemorino)
Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
Don Pasquale (Ernesto)

GLINKA

Ruslan and Lyudmila (Bayan)

GOUNOD

Faust (Faust)

MASSENET

Manon (Le Chevaliver Des Grieux)
Werther (Werther)

MOZART

Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando)
Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)
Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)

PUCCINI

La Boheme (Rodolfo)
Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

The Snow Maiden (Berendey)
The Tsar’s Bride (Lykov)

SHOSTAKOVICH

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Zinovy Borisovich)

STRAUSS

Der Rosenkavalier (Italian singer)
Die Fliedermaus (Alfred)
Salome (Narraboth)

TCHAIKOVSKY

Eugene Onegin (Lensky)
Iolanta (Count Vaudemont)

THOMAS

Hamlet (Laerte)
Mignon (Wilhelm Meister)

VERDI

Falstaff (Fenton)
Luisa Miller (Rodolfo)
Macbeth (Macduff)
Nabucco (Ismaele)
Otello (Cassio)
Rigoletto (The Duke)
La Traviata (Alfredo)

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