Oleksandr Pushniak

“Sadism and perfidy are conveyed with impressive stage presence by Oleksandr Pushniak as Scarpia: powerful-voiced with brutal-heard fortissimi and dangerously quiet in the cantilenas.”

Oleksandr Pushniak graduated at the National Music Academy in Kyiv. In the early beginning of his career, he participated successfully in several competitions such as the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in Paris, the International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch and European Song Contest of the Styriarte Festival in Graz and won the prize of the Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb für Wagnerstimmen in Karlsruhe, awarded by the Richard Wagner Association. In 2013, he debuted at the Bayreuth Festival as Donner (Das Rheingold). As a participant of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program of the Washington National Opera (2008-2010), he sang amongst others Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata), Petrucci (Lucrezia Borgia), Antonio and Graf Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). Under the baton of Lorin Maazel, he debuted as Simone (Gianni Schicchi) at the Castleton Festival in Virginia.

From 2011 to 2017, the young bass-baritone war a member of the Staatstheater Braunschweig, where he sang Leporello (Don Giovanni), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Miller (Luisa Miller), Figaro (Le Nozze die Figaro), Amonasro (Aida) and Jochanaan (Salome). His broad repertoire also includes Amfortas (Parsifal), Carlo Gérard (Andrea Chenier), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Griswold (Die Reise des Edgar Allan Poe, D. Argento),  Graf Tomskij (Pique Dame), Thomas Putnam (The Crucible), Marullo and Scarpia.

In 2016, he made his highly acclaimed debut in the title role of the Flying Dutchman in Singapore. In the 2017-18 season, he guested as Amanasro (Aida) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg und at the Oper Halle and with his first Filippo II (Don Carlo) at the Immling Festival.  Up from December 2018, he will be a member of the ensemble of the Nationaltheater Weimar and will sing roles like Leporello. From December 2018 he will be a member of the National Theatre in Weimar, where he performed as Leporello and Bartolo in the 2018/19 season and will in the future acquire the great roles of his profession. In 2019/20, he will sing, among others, Mercer in the world premiere of ‘The Circle’, Baron Scarpia (‘Tosca’) as well as the Drache in the acclaimed new production of ‘Lanzelot’, about which the SZ writes: “A highlight of Konwitschny's flawlessly purring production is the dragon itself. Oleksandr Pushniak sings it with booming force and the intelligence of a cunning dictator.”

In the 2020/21 season, he was to make his debut as the Dutchman ('The Flying Dutchman') at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Much also Corona victim.
The 20211/22 season begins with the new production of Eletric Saint, which premieres on September 5, 2021. In this production he can be seen as JP Morgan. Then follows another new production in Weimar:
Caligula. He sang the title role on February 12, 2022 and the critics were jubilant: "The Ukrainian baritone Aleksandr Pushniak from Kyiv in the title role didn't spare a second: he succeeded in portraying a brilliant role. He was as confident in a tuxedo as he was in underwear, as Venus was like that as believable as a self-proclaimed literary critic. A singer with enormous vocal condition and the will to express himself truthfully. One to whom the audience hangs on every word when he complains about the nail polish and when he surprisingly pardons an intriguer."

In April he introduced himself to the Weimar audience at a Wagner gala as Wotan (Valkyrie) and Hans Sachs (Meistersinger), roles that he intends to bring to the stage soon.

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