Aleksandrs Antoņenko is an outstanding tenor, an opera singer who can already boast of a successful international career at the age of 30. He surprises with the great range of his voice and excels at interpreting vocally and emotionally complex opera roles.
In 1998 he graduated from the Jāzeps Mediņš College of Music where he studied singing under Margarita Gruzdeva. During his studies he became the winner of the Contest of Young Singers for Students of Musical Colleges (in 1993 and 1996). Aleksandrs Antoņenko has been a student at the Department of Vocal Music at the Latvian Academy of Music (the master class of Arvīds Luste).
In 1997, Antoņenko joined the Latvian National Opera as a member of the chorus but in 1998 already, he made his debut as a solo artist with the brilliantly executed part of Oberto in Handel’s Alcina; the wide range of his voice permitted him to excel equally as countertenor and tenor. Antoņenko’s repertoire includes don Ottavio (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Hermann (Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades), Lensky (Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin), Rodolfo (Puccini’s La bohème), Cavaradossi (Puccini’s Tosca), Luigi (Puccini’s Il tabarro), Des Grieux (Puccini’s Manon Lescaut), Alfredo (Verdi’s La traviata), Othello (Verdi’s Othello), Ismaele (Verdi’s Nabucco), Prince (Dvořák’s Rusalka), Erik (Wagner’s Der fliegende Hollander), Giuseppe Hagenbach (Catalani’s La Wally), José (Bizet’s Carmen), etc. but also regularly took part in performances of large-scale pieces (Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9).
Antoņenko was the 2003 recipient of the Latvian Music Grand Prix. Since autumn 2004 he has performed at the Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera (together with Renée Fleming), the Düsseldorf Deutsche Opera am Rhein, Berlin and Graz opera theatres, the Dresden Semperoper, the Oslo Opera House and the Stockholm Royal Opera House, the Monte Carlo Opera and the Vienna Opera Theatre.