Oleg Kulko

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Permanent guest of the National Theatre Opera. A leading tenor of the Bolshoi Opera graduated from the Kiev Conservatory. He made his professional debut in 1986 at the Kiev Opera in the Ukraine. Since 1988 he has been a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre where he has performed leading roles in Mlada of Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans, Verdi’s Il trovatore, Puccini’s Tosca and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. His performances in Mlada and The Maid of Orleans have been recorded and released on commercial video. He has performed with the Bolshoi Opera on tour at La Scala, Glasgow and the Edinburgh Festival. He has performed in Tosca and Verdi’s Aida at The Royal Albert Hall in London in 2001 and Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot in Taiwan, China and at the National Opera in Vilnius, Lithuania. At the Opera de Montpellier in France he was Lensky (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), which he sang also at the Cologne Opera, at the Sao Carlos in Lisbon and at Gotenberg, Sweden, while at the Monnaie Theater in Brussels he was Radames in a new production of Aida. Other performances include Manrico in Il trovatore in Cagliari, Charles VII in The Maid of Orleans with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall and Paolo in Rachmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. He joined the Metropolitan Opera and the Washington Opera in the 2002/2003 season and made his debut as Calaf in Turandot in the Met in the Parks in 2003 and a very successful house debut in April 2004 as The Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka with Renée Fleming. Also in 2004 he sang Loris in Giordano’s Fedora at La Scala and Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur at the National Theatre in Prague. He returned to the Met in 2004/2005 for Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. At the National Theatre Prague he has studied also Radames (Verdi: Aida), Dick Johnson in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West (2007) and Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca (2010). Update: September 2011