Oleksandr Pushniak – bass baritone (Ukraine – Germany)

General information

Opera singer, soloist of the Deutsche Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar.

Graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv. Intern at the Washington National Opera (USA), participant in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program under the direction of Placido Domingo during 2007-2010.

Since 2011, he has been performing as a member of the Staatstheater Braunschweig (Germany).
In 2012, singer won First Prize and Audience Favorite at the Wagnerstimmen International Singing Competition for Wagner Voices in Germany, and in 2013 was invited to sing the role of Donner in R. Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” as his debut at the Bayreuth Festival.

In autumn 2016 made his successful debut as the Flying Dutchman in Singapore. Guest engagements took him in 2017/18 as Amanasro (“Aida”) to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Duisburg and the Oper Halle, as well as Filippo II (“Don Carlo”) at the Immling Festival.

Engaged at Deutsche Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar since December 2018, he has performed here as Leporello (“Don Giovanni”), Scarpia (“Tosca”) and Mercer in the world premiere of the opera “The Circle” by Ludger Vollmer based on the novel by Dave Eggers “Audience in front”.

Among his creative achievements are participation in festivals conducted by Lorin Maazel (Virginia, USA), Bayreuth Festival (2013, Germany), performances at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Duisburg (Germany), Kennedy Center (USA), National Opera of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine), Concertgebouw halls (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), theaters in Braunschweig, Magdeburg, Halle, Kiel, Regensburg, Meiningen (Germany), performances in Singapore, performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. As well as the world premiere of the audio recording of F. Liszt’s opera “Sardanapalo” under the direction of Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits for the recording studio of the Audite Label and the recording of Donner’s part from R. Wagner’s opera “Das Rheingold” for the Naxos Label.

A prominent page in the singer’s creative work was the role of the Dragon (Drache) in the opera “Lancelot” by P. Dessau under the direction of the outstanding German opera director Peter Konvichny, as well as scholarships of the Richard Wagner Union (Braunschweig, Germany), Rudolf Breuer scholarship (Weimar, Germany), Oscar and Vera Ritter Scholarship (Hamburg, Germany), Amichi del Belcanto Award (Vienna, Austria), Composer Luis Spor Medal Award (Seesen, Germany).