Taras Shtonda is probably one of the most important interprets of the great Russian bass roles of the present time. Since 1992 Taras has been a principal bass soloist at the National Opera of Ukraine. In this theatre he has performed many principal roles of the bass repertoire, such as Filippo II and Grande Inquisitore in Don Carlos, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Ramphis, Il Re in Aida by Verdi, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, Méphistophélès in Faust by Gounod, Boris Godunov and Pimen in Boris Godunov, Dossifey in Khovanschina by Moussorgsky, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni by Mozart, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Kotchubei in Mazepa, and King Rene in Iolanta by Tchaikovsky, Prince Galitsky in Prince Igor by Borodin and others.
He will sing Pimen in Boris Godunov at the Savonlinna Opera Festival alongside with Matti Salminen in 2015.
At the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow) Taras debuted in the role of Dossifey in 2002 and has ever since sung there principal roles such as: Russlan in Russlan and Ludmila by Glinka, Kotchubei in Mazepa by Tchaikovsky, Priest in Katerina Izmailova by Shostakovitch, King René in Iolanta by Tchaikovsky, Pimen in Boris Godunov by Moussorgsky and others. The latest role on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre was Boris Godunov in a production by A.Vedernikov and A.Sokurov in April 2009.
Shtonda’s recent engagements include among others Boris at the Bolshoi Theatre, Gremin at the Oslo opera house, Four Villains (Les Contes de Hoffmann) at Malmö opera as well as the role Mamyrov (Enchantress by Tchaikovsky) in Antwerp, Oroveso (Norma) at Toulon Opera and his debut as Gurnemanz (Parsifal) at Malmö Opera. He also sang Il Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich alongside with René Pape, Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros and under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta and Count Walter (Luisa Miller) at Malmö Opera. Shtonda recently jumped in to sing Wotan in Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg under Maestro Gergiev. In summer 2014 Shtonda sang Prince Gremin (Eugen Onegin) and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.
Shtonda’s future engagements include Ramphis (Aida) and Prince Gremin at Malmö Opera. In addition to his work in opera Taras Shtonda is giving a lot of concerts and recitals. He has also made numerous CD recordings.