Aleksey Bogdanov Baritone

Aleksey Bogdanov

About Aleksey Bogdanov

Russian-American baritone Aleksey Bogdanov "commands a handsome dark quality wedded to a solid baritone" (Opera Today) that "rumbles rivetingly from top to bottom" (Opera News). Recent career highlights include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at The Glimmerglass Festival, Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and The Atlanta Opera, Eugene Onegin with Edmonton Opera, and Bass Soloist in Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall.

This season, Mr. Bogdanov makes his debut as Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Opera Carolina, Scarpia in Tosca with Opera North, Rubinstein's The Demon with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Colorado Music Festival, Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles with Tulsa Opera, and Vitellius in Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera. 

In the 2015-2016 season, he appeared with Washington National Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, created Governor George Wallace in the revised version of Appomattox . His many appearances over six seasons at the Kennedy Center include Mozart’s Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Guglielmo, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Silvano in Un ballo in maschera, and the Jailer in Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Praised as "pitch-perfect" by The Washington Post, his diverse credits include Marcello in La bohème, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Rabbi David in L'amico Fritz, and the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. He made his debut as Escamillo in Carmen at The Glimmerglass Festival, where he also created Bernard De Voto in the world premiere of A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck by Jeanine Tesori. He appeared in the American premiere of Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness with Opera Parallèle. He has been featured as a soloist in Stravinsky's Les Noces, Bach's Kaffekantate, Handel's Messiah and Jeptha, Dvorák's Te Deum, Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass, Poulenc's Le bal masqué, and the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, and Verdi.  

International concert appearances include Teatro alla Scala (A Hand of Bridge), Teatro Baretti di Torino (Romancero Gitano), Place des Arts (Mozart Requiem), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Obras de Mozart), and Seoul Arts Center. He has performed at the United States Supreme Court and CIA Headquarters and has sung the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals. Radio appearances include A Prairie Home Companion, Classical Conversations, and NPR broadcasts of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy at The Glimmerglass Festival and Carmen with Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Born in 1983 in Odessa, Ukraine, Aleksey immigrated to San Francisco in 1992. He made his professional debut in 2008 with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in William Walton's Troilus and Cressida. He is an alumnus of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Indiana University, and University of California Santa Cruz. He is a grand prize winner of the Florida Grand Opera Competition, a two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Awards, and a Career Grant recipient from The Sullivan Foundation, The Shoshana Foundation, Pasadena Opera Guild, and San Francisco Opera Merola Program.