Viktor Rud BiographyUkrainian-born German singer Viktor Rud first studied choir conducting at the National Music Academy in his hometown of Kyiv. After graduating, he took the position as conductor of the choir of the National Technical University of Ukraine.

In 2002 he moved to London to study singing at the Royal Academy of Music. After graduation he continued his vocal training in London at the National Opera Studio.

From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of the International Opera Studio of the Berlin State Opera. Here he interpreted, among other roles, Mr. Astley in Prokofiev’s “The Player” under Daniel Barenboim, directed by Dmitri Tscherniakov and the title role in Donizetti’s “Viva la Mamma”.

From 2009 to 2017 Viktor Rud was a company soloist of the Hamburg State Opera. Here he sang numerous roles, including Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Poeta Prosdocimo in “Il Turco in Italia”, Oreste in Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride”, Conte Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte”, Harlequin in “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Agamemnon in Offenbach’s “La Belle Hélène”, Silvio in “I Pagliacci”, Sharpless in “Madama Butterfy” Schaunard in “La Bohème”, Dr. Falke in “Die Fledermaus”, Ned Keene in “Peter Grimes”, Fernando in Handel’s “Almira”, Lord Byron in Aribert Reimann’s “Unrevealed”, Hiroto in Toshio Hosokawa’s “Stilles Meer” and Count Luna in Pftzner’s “Palestrina” among others.

Guest engagements have taken the singer to Teatro alla Scala, the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Leipzig Opera, Dresden, the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev, Berlin State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Graz Opera, Teatro Sevilla, Opera Bilbao, Hanover State Theater and the Innsbruck Early Music Festival.

In addition to his opera work, he is also in demand as an oratorio and Lieder singer, for example at the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Albert Hall (London) or the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.

The artist has received numerous awards, including the International Mozart Competition and the Opera Rara Bel Canto Competition as well as Marilyn Horne Fundation and William Matheus Sullivan Foundations Awards.

Highlights in the recent past and engagements for the near future: title role in the world premiere of Jan Dvorak’s “Frankenstein” (director: Philippe Stölzl) and eight other productions at the Hamburg State Opera (including Conte Almaviva in “Le nozze di Figaro”, Harlequin , Agamemnon). World premiere by Marc-André Dalbavie of “Melancholy of Resistance”, “Katja Kabanova”, “Fanciulla del West”, “Madama Butterfy” at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin. At the Leipzig Opera – Figaro in “Barbiere di Siviglia”. In Baden (Switzerland): Eisenstein in “Fledermaus”. Florian in Offenbach “Husband at the door” for Wilhelmina Festival of the Arts. Kilian “Freischütz” and baritone in “Carmina Burana” at the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Theater an der Wien. Marius Felix Lange “War”. Song recitals in Germany and Italy.