Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov made his LAO debut in 2013 as Papageno in The Magic Flute, returning in 2015 as Figaro in The Barber of Seville.
Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the start of his career, before making his professional debut at Carnegie Hall with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble. Now based in the U.S., he continues to make both American and international house and role debuts and regularly sings at Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Cincinnati Opera, LA Opera, Oper Graz and many more. He made his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut as Marcello in La Bohème in 2018.
Major operatic roles have include Figaro in The Barber of Seville which he has sung in houses across the world including at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Michigan Opera Theatre and Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni with the Oviedo Opera, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at Glyndebourne under Enrique Mazzola, Papageno in The Magic Flute with LA Opera and James Conlon, Marcello in La Bohème at the Michigan Opera Theatre and at London’s Royal Opera House under Nicola Luisotti, Silvio in Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera under Fabio Luisi, his debut in Manon Lescaut at the Bayerische Staatsoper, his debut as Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory with the Seattle Opera, and Marcello in La Bohème and Papageno in The Magic Flute with Cincinnati Opera.
An established recitalist, solo appearances have included at St. John’s Smith Square, Suntory Hall, Vancouver Recital Society and recitals of Rachmaninov and Russian Song at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Iain Burnside. He has also performed La Scala di Seta under the baton of Enrique Mazzola with the Orchestre National d'Ile de France and Rachmaninov's The Bells at the Vara Konserthus. Rodion has performed Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra (CD release) and most recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He also sang Adelson e Salvini with Opera Rara at the Barbican London, which was also released on their own label.
A highly successful 2018/19 season saw his role debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Graz, his debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale under Alain Altinoglu at La Monnaie Brussels, and his debut as Escamillo in Carmen at Seattle Opera in Paul Curran’s production under Giampaolo Sagripanti. He returned to the Wigmore Hall in London for a recital of Russian song with pianist Iain Burnside and performed as Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s production of The Magic Flute at the Lincoln Center New York with the Komische Oper during the Mostly Mozart Festival.
Highlights of the 19/20 season have so far included Marcello in Otto Schenk's production of La Bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Figaro in The Barber of Seville at Minnesota Opera. Further upcoming engagements this year include Schaunard in Franco Zeffirelli's La Bohème at the Met, Figaro in The Barber of Seville at Cincinnati Opera and Rachmaninov’s The Bells in concert with the Orchestre National de Belgique. Later, Rodion returns to Glyndebourne and makes his Liceu Barcelona house debut.
As a recording artist, his discography includes his solo recital disc for the prestigious EMI Debut Series which received great acclaim and was followed by a disc of Rachmaninov songs with pianist Iain Burnside. In 2018, he featured on a recording of Russian songs by Medtner, alongside Iain Burnside, released by Delphian Records.