Roman Arndt

Roman Arndt was born in Omsk in Siberia and now lives in St Petersburg. He graduated from the Omsk Shebalin Music College in 2009 and from the St Petersburg State Conservatoire in 2014.

He was a participant in the 2019 Cardiff Singers of the World, and was a finalist in the Song Prize. Other prizes include the José Carreras Grand Prix (2018) and the VII International Competition for Opera Singers “St Petersburg” I. Bogacheva (2015). He was nominated for the Golden Soffit St Petersburg Highest Theatre Award (Best Male Role in Opera) at Zazerkalie.

He is a company soloist at the St Petersburg ‘Zazerkalie’ Theatre where his roles have included Rodolfo La Bohème, Ferrando Così fan tutte, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Count Vaudémont Iolanta and Lykov The Tsar’s Bride. For the Mariinsky Theatre he has sung Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Albert Gregor The Makropolus Case and Walther von der Vogelweide Tannhäuser, a role he also performed in concert at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow under Valery Gergiev. Elsewhere he has sung Tamino (Mikhailovsky Theatre) Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Gvidon The Golden Cockerel (Krasnodar Opera House, Festival of All Together Opera St Petersburg), Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (Bolshoi Theatre) and Sinodal The Demon (State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg). In 2021 he sang the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann on tour with the Syktyvkar Opera and Ballet Theatre, Komi Republic.

In January 2022 he made his UK operatic debut as the Duke of Mantua Rigoletto for Opera North, and in summer 2024 he will sing the title role in Verdi’s Ernani for the Buxton Festival.

In concert Roman Arndt has toured France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the USA. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in February 2024.

Artist Videos

Alfredo's Aria (La Traviata)
"Va pour Klein-Zach!" (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)
"Et moi, ce n'est pas là, pardieu" (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)
"Ô Dieu, de quelle ivresse" (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, Song Prize 1

“Roman Arndt’s Duke was a careless, charismatic character with great physical charm and an utter contempt for conventional morality, taking whatever he wanted. Arndt brought a nervous energy and great physicality to the role, and if his singing perhaps lacked an ideal Italianate sheen, it was vivid and musical. His fatal charm was demonstrable and believable.” Rigoletto/Opera North, Opera Today, February 2022

“…..the Duke of Mantua, played with suitably pernicious alacrity by the excellent Roman Arndt.” Rigoletto/Opera North, Telegraph, January 2022

“Roman Arndt is a stylish Duke of Mantua, delivering his big numbers reliably.” Rigoletto/Opera North, Guardian, January 2022

“Offering some of the most vivid singing is Russian tenor Roman Arndt as the morally depraved but physically fatally attractive Duke, whose famous arias (especially La donna e mobile) come over eloquently.” Rigoletto/Opera North, The Stage, January 2022

“….the whole cast is excellent, and each of the principals has a voice that adds layers to their characterisation. Roman Arndt, as the Duke, sounds underwhelming at first, but can turn it up until he really gleams: quite the charmer.” Rigoletto/Opera North, Spectator, January 2022

“Russian tenor Roman Arndt emphasised the Duke’s crowd-pleasing qualities particularly well, as well as his arrogance. His subtle interpretations were most evident in “La donna è mobile”, which was well worth waiting for in Act 3.” Rigoletto/Opera North, Bachtrack, January 2022

“That bounder was another notable company debutant in the dapper form of the Russian tenor Roman Arndt, who leched convincingly whilst singing with ardour, tackling the well-known arias with ease and crowning ‘La donna è mobile’ with a creditable high B.” Rigoletto/Opera North, Music OMH, January 2022

“Roman Arndt sings the title role brightly; his sonorous voice conveys a thousand shades of mood in this complex chameleon role.” Tales of Hoffman/Syktyvkar Opera and Ballet Theatre, Komi Republic, Culture Magazine, May 2021

Opera Repertoire

Bizet Carmen Don José
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Tamino
Mozart Don Giovanni Ottavio
The Prince Rusalka Dargomyszhsky
Donizetti L'elisir d'amore Nemerino
Janáček The Makropolus Case Albert Gregor
Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann Hoffmann
Puccini Rodolfo La Bohème
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio
Puccini Tosca Cavaradossi
Rimsky-Korsakov The Golden Cockerel Gvidon
Rimsky-Korsakov The Tsar's Bride Lykov
Sinodal Rubenstein The Demon
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Count Almaviva
Verdi Rigoletto Duke of Mantua
Verdi La Traviata Alfredo
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Lensky
Tchaikovsky Iolanta Count Vaudémont
Wagner Tannhäuser Walther von der Vogelweide