Ariodante. Guest performers


For the first time onstage of the Bolshoi Theatre part of King of Scotland will be performed by Luigi De Donato (8 and 10 December) and José Coca Loza (9, 11 and 12 December),

Luigi De Donato has distinguished himself as one of the foremost interpreters of the repertoire of the 17th and 18th century. He collaborates with leading baroque orchestras, ensembles and conductors. He performed in such theatres as La Scala, The Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real in Madrid, The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, The Royal Opera of Versailles, Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Teatro Colón and many others. Every time met by continued success of audience and critics. “His voice is extensive, bright, expressive, lively and magnificent; it always is in tune with text. One of the most memorable moments of the evening belonged to him indeed“. (, 06 December 2017).

Young Bolivian singer José Coca Loza is alumni of Basel Academy of Music. He performed at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, The Royal Opera of Versailles and other theatres. He is well familiar to Moscow audience by his performance at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (singer took part in concert performance of Orlando by G. F. Handel with Armonia Atenea).

The role of Polinesso is shared by Yuriy Minenko (8, 10 and 12 December) and Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian (9 and 11 December).

Yuriy Mynenko is already well known to Bolshoi audience. He debuted in our theatre in 2011 at the premiere of Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. Glinka. Last year he participated in premiere series of Sadko by N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Polinesso he performed at Stuttgart State Opera, The Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon and on a tour with Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski in Paris, Bordeaux, Tolouse, Grenoble, Cologne and Hamburg. “Yuriy Mynenko sings with incredible ease, and he manages to translate this gloomy role with his lucid and clear timbre” (, 3 December 2019).

French contra tenor Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian – alumni of Paris conservatory and Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Young singer already had a chance to perform onstage of such renowed theatres as La Scala, Theater an der Wien, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, The Royal Opera of Versailles. He took part in Salzburg Festival. His “Handel” repertoire includes parts in Theodora, Agrippina, Rodelinda, Rinaldo and Giulio Cesare. Press was saying the following about his part of Rinaldo: “Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian is the real discovery of this performance. He owns wonderfully flexible, lively and exact instrument and creates forever attractive character” . (, 19 January 2018).