Russian-American bass-baritone Vitali Rozynko studied at Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), Eastman School of Music (M.M. with honours), and the Opera Programme at the Royal Academy of Music. His extensive and varied repertoire ranges from baroque to dramatic repertoire.
Vitali has worked with many of the leading names in classical music, including Seiji Ozawa, Richard Hickox, Colin Davis, Reinbert de Leeuw, Vladimir Jurowski, John Butt, Ingo Metzmacher, and Ludovic Morlot. He has performed concerts across the world, including: Bach’s Magnificat, Johannes Passion and Matthäus Passion; a concert of secular solo Bach cantatas and Handel’s Messiah for American Bach Soloists at the Berkeley Festival; Mozart’s Requiem and I pellegrini al sepolcro di Nostro Signore by Hasse for Musica Poetica; the role of Deceit in Gerald Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit with the Ives Ensemble for his Concertgebouw debut; Lyrisches Symphonie (Zemlinsky) for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; Harapha in Handel’s Samson with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort for the Musica Paschalia Festival (Krakow), Handel Festival (Halle), and a CD recording; Brahms, Verdi and Fauré Requiem; Beethoven 9 for the European Philharmonia in Brussels; Carmina Burana at Le Palais dex Beaux Arts, Brussels, and a tour throughout the Netherlands; Bernstein’s Mass for L’Orchestre Nationale d’Ile de France in Paris; The Trees of Paradise (Vleggaar) for a world premiere with the Radio Kamer Orkest at the Concertgebouw; Rossini arias with Symphonie Orkest Vlanderen; Schubert Lieder for Liederduett with Compagnia Danza Zappalà at the Cadance Festival, Netherlands, and Le Directuer & Gendarme in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias in a concert performance at the Barbican for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Ludovic Morlot.
On the opera stage Vitali has performed the role of Escamillo in Emilio Sagi’s production of Carmen for L’Opera Royal de Wallonie; Spencer Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave for Ed Spanjaard and Het Nieuw Ensemble, as well as a BRAVA Television broadcast; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore in de Doelen, Rotterdam; Prince Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with Nic Muni; Figaro/Conte in Le nozze di Figaro for Robert Spano; Le Gendarme in Les Mamelles de Tirésias with Seiji Ozawa; the role of Shaunard in La Boheme for Boston Lyric Opera, and in James Robinson’s La Boheme production for Opera Colorado; a staged production of Bach’s Johannes Passion for the Dutch Reisopera; Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte for the Aldeburgh Festival; the role of Sir Davenaut in Der Vampyr (Marschner) for the Grachtenfestival; the Imperial Commisioner in Madama Butterfly for Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Gala; Don Fernando in Fidelio for Rochester Philharmonic as well as Pizarro (cover).
Vitali sang the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni for Sir Colin Davis and the Chelsea Opera, as well as the title role in Don Giovanni for Opera Colorado. Vitali took part in David Chambers’ avant-garde production of Don Giovanni in the role of Masetto at the Fischer Center, New York, and returned as the Father in Francesca Zambello’s production of The Nose by Shostakovich. He has sung the role of Germont in La Traviata for Opera San José; Giacomo in Verdi’s Giovanna d’arco for Rotterdam Opera; the role of the Lieutenant Horstmayer and English Major for Michael Shell and Opera San José’s production of Silent Night; sang Silvio in Pagliacci for Mississippi Opera, First Strelitz in Christoph Loy’s wildly successful production of Khovanshchina at the Dutch National Opera, and the role of Salvatore in The Saint of Bleecker Street with Gian Carlo Menotti at I Festivale dei due mondi, Italy which was nominated for a Grammy Award.