The Russian-American baritone Vitali Rozynko, has dual citizenship in America and the Netherlands.
He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), The Eastman School of Music (M.M. with honours), and The Royal Academy of Music, London (Opera Programme). Vitali performed Guglielmo (“Così fan tutte”) at The Aldeburgh Festival, and Bello (“La fanciulla del West”) with The Santa Fe Opera. With Opera Colorado he appeared as Harlekin (“Ariadne auf Naxos”), Shaunard (“La Bohème”), and was then invited to return in the title role of “Don Giovanni”. At Mississippi Opera he was Silvio in “Pagliacci”. His début with Boston Lyric Opera was in the role of Shaunard (“La Bohème”), and he sang the role of Escamillo in Emilio Sagi’s production of “Carmen” with L’Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liège. Under Seiji Ozawa he performed Le Gendarme (“Les Mamelles de Tirésias”) at Tanglewood Festival.
Vitali Rozynko’s other roles include Tarquinius (“The Rape of Lucretia”), Belcore (“L’elisir d’amore”), Il Conte/Figaro (“Le nozze di Figaro”) with Robert Spano, Falke (“Die Fledermaus”), Nardo (“La finta giardiniera”), Sir Davenaut (“Der Vampyr”), Masetto (“Don Giovanni”) under Sir Colin Davis, Mr. Bluff (“The Impresario”), Allazim (“Zaide”), Germont (“La Traviata”), Nicomedes (“Der König Kandaules”), Maximilian (“Candide”), Salvatore (“The Saint of Bleecker Street”) under Richard Hickox, Don Fernando (“Fidelio”), Marcello (“La Bohème”), Giacomo (“Giovanna d’Arco” by Verdi), Father in Francesca Zambello’s production of “The Nose”, and Sid (“Albert Herring”).
Vitali Rozynko made his Concertgebouw début singing the role of Deceit in Gerald Barry’s opera “The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit” with the Ives Ensemble, and a debut with Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa in a concert performance of “Madama Butterfly” performing the role of the Imperial Commissioner. He has appeared as baritone soloist in “Carmina Burana” at Le Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, L’Orchestre Nationale d’Ile de France, Symphonie Orkest Vlaanderen, and Het Nieuw Ensemble under Ed Spanjaard. With the Jerusalem Symphony he has sung the baritone solo in the “Lyrisches Symphony” by Zemlinsky, Bach cantatas with the American Bach Soloists at the Berkeley Festival, and as soloist in “Jetzt immer Schnee” by Gubaidulina under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw. He appears regularly at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam with various ensembles and orchestras, and has also performed at the Ravinia Festival at the Wigmore Hall. Other concert repertoire includes Handel’s “Messiah”, Brahms’ “Requiem,” Verdi’s “Requiem”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, Bernstein’s “Mass”, “I pellegrini del sepolcro del nostro Signore” by Hasse, and Orff’s “Carmina Burana”.
Recent engagements include Pilatus in a staged version of “Johannes-Passion” with the Nederlandse Reisopera, Le Directeur/Le Gendarme (“Les Mamelles de Tirésias”) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Ludovic Morlot, Spencer Coyle (“Owen Wingrave”) with Het Nieuw Ensemble and conducted by Ed Spanjaard, soloist in Verdi’s “Requiem”, Pizzaro (“Fidelio”, cover) with the Radio Philharmonic (Zaterdag matinee) Amsterdam, a world premiere of “The Trees of Paradise” with the Radio Kamer Orkest, Concertgebouw, a new production of “Madama Butterfly” with the Nederlandse Reisopera, as well as his debut as Strelitz 1 in Christof Loy’s new production of “Khovanshchina” with the Dutch National Opera which earned him acclaim and of posessing an “outstanding and orotund voice.” He subsequently sang the role of Unterofficier in the hugely celebrated concert performance of “Semyon Kotko” conducted by Vladimir Jurowski in Amsterdam. This season he sang as bass soloist in Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” with the European Philharmonia in Brussels, The British Major, as well as Lieutenant Horstmayer in a new production of Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera “Silent Night” with Opera San José, and sang the bass arias in “Matthäus-Passion” in concerts throughout Belgium. Mr. Rozynko was most recently proclaimed by the “Volkskrant” to “immediately stand out” in the role of Robert Stripling in the new opera “Eisler on the Go” by Paul Oomens which premiered in Amsterdam and subsequently toured the Netherlands.
Upcoming engagements include the “Deutsches Requiem”, Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore” at De Doelen in Rotterdam, Bruckner’s “Te Deum”, and a new staging of “Bluebeard’s Castle” by the celebrated choreographer Samir Calixto and the New European Ensemble.