The Ukrainian baritone Igor Onishchenko joined parallel to the Law Academy and the National Nezhdanova Academy of Music in his hometown Odesa. Yuriy Buchka is his first vocal teacher since 2009.
In autumn 2015 he reached the semi-finals of the International
Singing Competition “New Voices” and the final round of the audition
for the Jette Parker Young Artists Program at the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden. Almost at the same time, he made his very first operatic debut as Count Ceprano in the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse under the baton of Daniel Oren, sharing the stage with Ludovic Tezier, Saimir Pirgu, and NinoMachaidze.
The following year he was a Novomatic scholar at the Vienna State Opera, where he debuted as Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and then sang Cristiano (Un ballo in maschera) and the 1st police officer (Boris Godunov). Since the season 2016/17 till the current season as Ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera he appeared on the stage among others as Silvio (Pagliacci), Bello (La fanciulla del West), Spalanzani (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Count Pâris (Roméo et Juliette), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Dancairo (Carmen), Schaunard (La Boheme), Comissaro (Madama Butterfly) and Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro) and took over the latter role also in a Japan guest appearance of the House, conducted by Riccardo Muti.
Guest engagements led him in June 2017 as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) to the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile. Right after that, he gives his Salzburg Festival debut in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. And then he’s got a chance to take part in the Ravenna Festival as Silvio in “Pagliacci”.
Summer 2018 gave him an opportunity to perform a dream-role of Don Giovanni in Tulchyn Operafest in Ukraine with Oksana Lyniv. Following two months he spent in Pesaro as a student of the Accademia Rossiniana and singing Barone di Trombonok (Il viaggio a Reims).
He participated in masterclasses with Ludovic Tézier, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ernesto Palacio, Juan Diego Florez, Saimir Pirgu, Vitaliy Bilyy and KS Angelika Kirchschlager and already has sung under the baton of such renowned conductors like Plácido Domingo, Marco Armiliato, Riccardo Muti, Jesús López-Cobos, Daniel Oren, Attilio Cremonesi, Adam Fischer, Marko Letonja, Mikko Franck and Vasyl Vasylenko.
In addition to the roles mentioned, Igor Onishchenko’s current repertoire also includes Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Mercutio (Romeo et Juliette), Eugene Onegin, Belcore (L’elisir d ‘amore), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Marcello (La bohème), Ping (Turandot), Jelezki
(Queen of Spades) and Robert (Iolanta).
Conte in “Le Nozze di Figaro“
Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia“
Dandini in “La Cenerentola“
Jelezki in “Queen of Spades“
Robert in “Iolanta“