"Dark voiced and impressive" (Planet Hugill): Ukrainian bass Andrii Goniukov has appeared in a wide range of repertoire in opera and concert, on many of the world's leading stages. His performances in major productions at the Salzburg Festival, London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper have made him one of the most sought-after vocal soloists of his generation.
Currently, a member of both the Kyiv National Opera and the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, Andrii Goniukov's recent and upcoming engagements include the Clerk in the Newspaper Office in Shostakovich's The Nose at Bayerische Staatsoper in 2023, Fafner in Siegfried at Lyric Opera Chicago, Hunding in DieWalküre at the 2017 Beijing Music Festival, Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival, Old Convict in Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at the 2017 Salzburg Festival under the baton of the late Mariss Jansons, Surin in Pique Dame with Mariss Jansons conducting the Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, Philipp II in Don Carlo and Boris Timofeevich in KaterinaIzmailova at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, and Varlaam in a concert version of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Opera House Covent Garden led by Sir Antonio Pappano. At the Vienna Musikverein, he sang Sancho Pansa in a concert version of Massenet's Don Quichotte, with Ferruccio Furlanetto and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Tugan Sokhiev.
His operatic repertoire comprises roles such as Varlaam and Pimen in Boris Godunov, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola and Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Ibn-Hakia and René in Iolanta, Galitsky and Konchak in Prince Igor, Timur in Turandot, Malyuta Skuratov and Sobakin in TheTsar’sBride, Monterone in Rigoletto, both Il Re and Ramfis in Aida, Banco in Macbeth, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and Colline in La Bohème.
In great demand as a concert artist, Andrii Goniukov has performed Händel’s Messiah, the Requiem by Mozart as well as Verdi’s Requiem, and Shostakovich’s Symphonies no. 13 and 14 among others. In October 2022, he sang at Berlin's Philharmonie in a concert with the National Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine together with soloists Lyudmila Monastyrska, Dmytro Popov, and Andrii Bondarenko.
Born in the Donetsk region, a former restaurant chef, former stagehand and, from 2003 on, chorus member at Kyiv National Opera, Andrii Goniukov graduated from the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy in Kyiv in 2008, where he had studied with Anatoly Mokrenko. He won awards at several competitions, including the 2009 International Krushelnytska Vocal Competition in Lviv and the 2012 Mykola Lysenko International Music Competition in Kyiv. In 2012, he joined the ensemble of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. From 2014 until 2021, he was a regular guest at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre.