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Andrej Dunaev


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Andrej Dunaev gives the Duke the right blend of drama and luster.
    Peter Stalder, Der Standard
  • As Lensky, the friend of Onegin, Andrej Dunaev sounds best at full cry when his voice rings out excitingly.
    George Loomis, New York Times
  • 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
  • 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.

    • 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

    • Prince Igor (Vladimir Igorevich)
    • L’Elisir d’Amore (Nemorino)
    • Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
    • Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
    • Ruslan and Lyudmila (Bayan)
    • Faust (Faust)
    • Manon (Le Chevaliver Des Grieux)
    • Werther (Werther)
    • Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando)
    • Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)
    • Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)
    • La Boheme (Rodolfo)
    • Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio)
    • The Snow Maiden (Berendey)
    • The Tsar’s Bride (Lykov)
    • Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Zinovy Borisovich)
    • Der Rosenkavalier (Italian singer)
    • Die Fliedermaus (Alfred)
    • Salome (Narraboth)
    • Eugene Onegin (Lensky)
    • Iolanta (Count Vaudemont)
    • Hamlet (Laerte)
    • Mignon (Wilhelm Meister)
    • Falstaff (Fenton)
    • Luisa Miller (Rodolfo)
    • Macbeth (Macduff)
    • Nabucco (Ismaele)
    • Otello (Cassio)
    • Rigoletto (The Duke)
    • La Traviata (Alfredo)
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