Since January of 2011, the young Ukrainian baritone Oleksandr Pushniak has been performing as a member of the Staatstheater Braunschweig (Germany). In that wonderful German house, he sings a true variety of different opera roles, including that of Cornelius in Mascagni’s Isabeau, Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Kurwenal in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and the role of Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller.
For future seasons there, engagements in Braunschweig will include the roles of Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo in Verdi’s Ernani, and Jochanaan in Strauss’ Salome.
In 2013, baritone Pushniak was invited to sing the role of Donner in Wagner’s Das Rheingold as his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany. In 2015 he reprises the role of Donner in concert performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, thus making his recording debut in Das Rheingold for Naxos.
In 2012, he won the First Prize and Audience Favorite at the Wagnerstimmen International Singing Competition for Wagner Voices in Germany.
During the 2010 season, Oleksandr Pushniak enjoyed a huge success in the role of Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, at the Castleton Summer Festival, conducted by Lorin Maazel. In 2007, he was a Prize Winner in the European Song Contest held at the Styriarte Music Festival in Austria, and semi finalist in the Domingo “Operalia” Vocal Competition in Paris.
From 2008 to 2010, baritone Pushniak sang as a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program in Washington, D.C., where he honed his professional skills while performing with the Washington National Opera such roles as Dottore Grenvil in Verdi’s La Traviata, Petrucci in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Mandarin in Puccini’s Turandot, Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Antonio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
While in Washington, Oleksandr performed the roles of Conte in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and the lead role in Verdi’s Falstaff, under the auspices of the Young Artists Program, while also singing a concert of opera arias at the Music Center at Strathmore conducted by Placido Domingo.
It was during 2005, that young Pushniak began his professional career after graduating from the National Music Academy of Ukraine, Kiev, performing in a variety of concert halls, among which were the National Philharmonic of Ukraine and the Dnipropetrovsk Philharmonic.