The excellent baritone Alexander Gontsa as noble Prince Yeletsky showed a hot, soft voice of an impressive timbre, and good articulation and perfect musicianship, which feasted our ears in the famous aria “I love you, love without measure.”
Alexander Gontsa was born in Minsk.
In 2007 he graduated from the vocal department of the Minsk College of Music where he studied with Adam Mursich. In the same year he entered the St Petersburg State Conservatory where he studied with Professor Irina Bogacheva. He has worked with such conductors as Andrei Anikhanov, Dmitry Khokhlov, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Viktor Bokman and Peter Feranets. He has participated in master classes with Galina Vishnevskaya, Dmitry Vdovin, Sergei Leiferkus, Mikhail Lansky, Tito Capobianco and Neil Shicoff.
He has toured with concert programmes in Germany, Belarus, and the Baltic countries. From 2012 to 2013 he was a leading artist of the Aleko Dramatic Theatre (St Petersburg). From 2013 to 2014 he was a soloist of the Opera Company of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. From 2014 he was a soloist of the Saint Petersburg Opera theatre.
Since 2016 he has been a member of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
Repertoire at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Macbeth (Macbeth, G. Verdi)
Giorgio Germont (La traviata, G. Verdi)
Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, W.-A. Mozart)
Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin, P. Tchaikovsky)
Prince Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades, P. Tchaikovsky)
Pantalone (The Love for Three Oranges, S. Prokofiev)
Marullo (Rigoletto, G. Verdi)
Repertoire also includes:
Schaunard, Marcel (La bohème, G. Puccini), Mr Astley, a rich Englishman (The Gambler, S. Prokofiev), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore, G. Donizetti), Aleko (Aleko, S. Rachmaninov), Silvio (Pagliacci, R. Leoncavallo), Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades, P. Tchaikovsky), Edwin (The Gypsy Princess, E. Kálmán), Prince (Cinderella, B. Asafyev).
The concert repertoire also includes the baritone part in the oratorio The Song of Kalashnikov by V. Pleshak, opera Iolanta (Robert) by P. Tchaikovsky.
Besides the above, his repertoire includes vocal cycles by: R. Schumann Dichterliebe, V. Gavrilin German Notebook № 1, M. Glinka Farewell to St Petersburg, A. Rubinstein Persian Songs, F. Schubert Winterreise, M. Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death, Y. Falk Songs of Beranzhe.