Viktor Antipenko



Russian-born tenor Viktor Antipenko, praised for his effortless, expensive sound and excellent technique, continues to sing leading roles to great acclaim, and becoming a tenor to watch in the dramatic repertoire.

After successful debut in the role of Enzo Grimaldo in La Gioconda last season, Mr. Antipenko is returning to Landestheather Innsbruck to perform the role of Gabriele Adorno in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Later this season Viktor will debut the role of Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walküre and the role of Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, both in Theater Chemnitz. Future engagements include concert performances of From Jewish Folk Poetry by Shostakovich in Kassel, a debut with the Dallas Opera, the title role of Lohengrin in Germany, and performances at the New National Theater in Tokyo.

Recent engagements have included the role of Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Hawaii Opera Theater, Andrey in Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa with Ópera de Oviedo and Vaudemont in Iolanta under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.

Mr. Antipenko also recently debuted the role of Hermann in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades at Theater Chemnitz in Germany and earned rave reviews for his portrayal of this demanding role. Shortly after this success he debuted the title role of Parsifal by Wagner there as well.

Other credits, including Lohengrin at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and Opéra de Rouen; Don José in Carmen at the Bolshoi Theatre, a role which he also performed with Opera Las Vegas, Opera Fairbanks, and in concert with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and at a gala performance at the Winter International Arts Festival led by Maestro Yuri Bashmet in Sochi, Russia; Luigi in Il Tabarro with Vero Beach Opera; his debut in Spain as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Ópera de Oviedo, a role which he also performed with Opera Las Vegas; Vaudemont in Iolanta with New Opera NYC in San Francisco; Grigori in a special gala performance of Boris Godunov at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Erik in Der fliegende Holländer at the Bolshoi Theatre.

On the concert stage, he has appeared as the tenor soloist in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Vladimir Jurowski; in Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus with the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra at the New York Society for Ethical Culture; in Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Grand Philharmonie Hall in St. Petersburg; at the Heidelberger Schlossfestspielen Music Festival in an “Hommage a Sevilla” gala performance; and as Radames in highlights from Aida in The Netherlands; in addition to soloist engagements with the Russian Chamber Arts Society in Washington, D.C., and Vero Beach Opera.

Antipenko recorded Prokofiev’s “On Guard for Peace” with Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and was the Eastern Region winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 2014.


Lohengrin, Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Brazil
Soaring above everyone with great majesty was Viktor Antipenko, who owns the perfect physique for the role of the Knight, – a great posture and golden hair. This Russian exhibits clear articulation and beautiful tone perfectly suited to the fabric, embodying force and tenderness in his Lohengrin. His interpretation of the ultimate Mein lieber Schwann brought tears to my eyes.

Fabiano Gonçalves, October 27, 2015

Madama Butterfly, Opera Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
U.S. Navy Lt. B. F. Pinkerton is one of operas’ worst scoundrels and tenor Viktor Antipenko was so convincing in the role that he received a couple of heartfelt boos at curtain. His voice was so beautifully assured that you wanted to believe he was a changed man because of Cio-cio San’s devotion.

Richard Davis

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 13, 2015

More Reviews

Lohengrin, Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Brazil
The Russian Viktor Antipenko who sang his first Lohengrin last May at the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, performed with steady airflow and density, with flawless vocal projection, flexible melodic line, imposing character, safe and secure. His was an enchanting and beautiful knight of the Grail.
Jorge Coli,, October 13, 2015

Lohengrin, Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie, France
Viktor Antipenko is 
the great revelation of this production. This young Russian tenor dazzled the audience with his beautiful voice of great power, which is just as beautiful in the top as in the bottom, but also because of his physical presence. Plus he is young and handsome, exactly as the character should be. I am not alone in thinking that we will soon see him in the large Wagnerian roles. I’ve seen this opera three times including the Savonlinna festival in Finland, one of the greatest producers of Wagerian operas, and this is by far the best Lohengrin I’ve ever heard.
Annie Braunstein, Publics de l’Opera de Rouen, May 13, 2015       

Lohengrin, Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie The Headline:
Last Night At L’Opera de Rouen, Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin Included A Revelation: The Russian TenorViktor Antipenko – A Very Great and Handsome Lohengrin! The Review: Last night Viktor Antipenko, who was born in Saint Petersburg where he studied music, interpreted for the first time in his young career, a character and a role made for him! This young tenor (barely thirty) has shown his talent! His qualities are numerous: a clear and intelligent presence, an excellent actor, a very beautiful and very powerful voice in all registers of extremely easy and brilliant sound with good bass notes through a very admirable middle range! His tone is very beautiful, reminding me or Georges Thill! He sings with ease, effortlessly from beginning to end, without showing any fatigue (which is often the case). He will probably [have] a great career in the category of “heldentenor” and I take the bet that in two years he will sing at BAYREUTH!  Andrè Junement, Publics de l’Opera de Rouen, May 14, 2015    

Don Jose, Yury Bashmet Festival at The Winter Theatre, Sochi, Russia:
Viktor Antipenko was the most admirable. He was passionate and has shown glorious vocal range. As Don Jose he was most convincing, even by the dramatic play standarts.
Vadim Ponomarev,, February 19, 2015

Don Jose, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia:
Viktor Antipenko is already familiar to the Moscow audiences as, in all respects, worthy Don Jose. If anything has changed in his voice during the last few years, then it’s only for the better!
Fedor Borisovich,, March 16, 2014

The Bells by Rachmaninoff at The Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, USA:
Tenor Viktor Antipenko was the brilliant voice of the opening silver bells.
Peter Dobrin,, February 18, 2014

‘Tchaikovsky is Forever: Operatic Arias and Romances’ at The Embassy of Austria, Washington DC, USA:
…Tenor Viktor Antipenko continuing the drama with “Hermann’s Aria,” joined Conte onstage to avow his eternal love, imploring both Lise and heaven to “be merciful as I die” should she spurn him. The tuxedoed Antipenko (the women were gowned), his fair hair and mustache, blazing blue eyes and heroic stance making him the picture of Romantic Russian chivalry, nailed “Kuda’s Aria,” his own top note an achingly, gloriously searing lament. As to Antipenko, he owned “Lensky’s Aria,” his golden tones edged in soldered brass, his delivery so heartfelt, so incisive and so uncompromising, it was as if he had become Lensky, and was demanding that we tell him “Where, oh where have you gone, golden days of my youth?” and respond to his perfervid calls to his beloved, to whom he had “devoted the sad dawn of [his] storm-tossed life!” This writer found tears coming to her eyes even before she looked at the translation. When she did . . . it was all over for her. Fortunately, the first half of the program was also over, allowing those of us who’d been swept away by the sounds and emotions of the preceding hour to gather our forces in preparation for part two. With “Coral Beads” Antipenko went from passionate anticipation to the depths of despair, from a clarion top note to a muted disbelief and then, acceptance; then held nothing back in an explosive paean to the glories of his loved one in “No, I Will Never Name Her.”, Washington December 8, 2014

Erik, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia:
Fresh voice of the young tenor Viktor Antipenko, who sang Erik, is definitely an auspicious asset of this production.
Sergey Khodnev, Kommersant, October 18, 2013

Erik, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia:
Remarkable Erik, Viktor Antipenko, a real tenor and a dramatic actor, has shown his internal strength, passion (not the Italian style) and the power of his voice. Turns out we have real tenors!
Obshaya Gazeta, October 21, 2013

Erik, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia:
A young tenor, Viktor Antipenko, debuted as Erik in Der Fliegender Holländer at the Bolshoi this evening. He is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Viktor demonstrated command of his voice, endurance and style.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, October 24, 2013

The Two Tenors at the Chapel, Recital:
Mr. Antipenko began with the opening aria from Verdi’s Ernani. Instantly one recognized the sure, rich tones of a lyric- dramatic tenor. This stirring rendition was followed by his gripping interpretation of the Flower Song from Bizet’s Carmen. …Mr. Antipenko then offered a Russian piece, Rachmaninoff’s dazzling “Spring Waters,” book-ended by two Spanish pieces. This particularly thrilling group led off with a virtuoso account of the popular “Granada.”
Charles Wanner, The Putnam News, Putnam County, NY, August 29, 2012

Hommage to Seville Gala Concert, Heidelberg, Germany:
[Viktor Antipenko’s] wonderfully smooth lyric tenor voice in Ernani’s cavatina was gorgeously blooming in flowing colors, sounding cultured and completely effortless. Such natural vocal beauty, as we heard from this Russian tenor is rare. A sincere, soulful poetry of Don Jose’s Aria was conveyed with exemplary top and excellent technique.
Von Rainer Kole, Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, July 30, 2012  

Opera Index Award Winners’ Concert Honoring Elinor Ross: 
[The concert] began with Viktor Antipenko, who sang “E lucevan le stele” from Puccini’s Tosca with vibrant tone and emotion in a tenor voice that recalled the greats of old.
Nino Pantano, Opera-L Archives, New York, NY, May 25, 2012    

Carmen, The Allentown Symphony, Allentown, USA:
[Viktor] Antipenko portrayed the passion of a spurned lover with frightening realism, especially in the final act, when he charges a Carmen, knife in hand, like an enraged bull.
Steve Siegel, The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, February 13, 2011