Russian bass Nikolay Didenko graduated from the Moscow Academy of Choral Art in both singing and conducting. He was previously a soloist of the ‘New Opera’ in Moscow and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
His operatic roles include Don Geronio Il Turco in Italia with the Royal Danish Opera, Shostakovich’s Rayok at the Liceu Barcelona, Cappelio I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Opera North (UK tour), Ramfis Aida and Oroveso Norma at the Teatro Comunale, Trieste La Forza del Destino and Comte des Grieux Manon Lescaut at Cologne Opera, La Sonnambula at the Bolshoi Theatre, Pistola Falstaff at the Bilbao Opera and Filippo II Don Carlo and Leporello Don Giovanni both with the Opera Köln. He continues to perform across the world with many significant companies including the Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Bilbao Opera. He recently sung Don Pasquale at the Bolshoi Theatre and Iris at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier.
As a versatile performer, he is also established on the concert platform performing with Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra to name a few. He performed in the world premiere of Green Mass by Raskatov with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.
Engagements this season and beyond include Daland Die Fliegende Holländer at the Malmö Opera, Turandot with Oper Koln, and his debut at Dallas Opera for King Dodon The Golden Cockerel. On the concert platform, he reunites with Vladimir Jurowski for Frau ohne Schatten at the Enescu Festival, Bucharest, and performs Rachmaninov’s The Bells at the Gulbenkian Festival.
Nikolay features on the Grammy award-winning disc Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, for Best Choral Performance (2017).