Anatoli Kotscherga belongs to the most important basses of the current opera scene. His Interpretations of Dosifei (Khovanshchina), Boris Ismailov (Lady Macbeth of Mzensk) or Shostakovich’s King Lear, Tchaikovsky’s Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and Verdi’s Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo), but in particular his interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov are unique. He has performed these roles at mane famous opera houses with the greatest conductors all over the world.
A very close cooperation unites Anatoli Kotscherga with Maestro Claudio Abbado since his international breakthrough in Khovanshchina at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1989 under the baton of the Italian Maestro. Many important productions and common successes followed. Under Abbado’s baton Kotscherga interpreted Boris Godunov at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Salzburger Osterfestspiele and the Wiener Staatsoper as well as within a Japan-Tour of the Wiener Staatsoper. Maestro Abbado chose him for his recordings of Boris Godunov, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Shostakovich’s King Lear with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for Sony Classical as well as for his recordings of Khovanshchina and Falstaff for Deutsche Grammophon.
Besides Caludio Abbado, also Maestro Mstislav Rostropovitch belonds to one of Anatoli Kotscherga’s closest friends. Other big artists like Gidon Kremer, Myung-Whun Chung, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Seiji Ozawa or Hugh Wolff regularly cooperate with the Ukrainian bass.
Anatoli Kotscherga started his career in the Ukraine. He studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Kiev and became one of the leading soloists at the Kiev Opera, where he acquired his repertoire, which in the meanwhile included all of the most important bass-roles. At the Teatro all Scala, Milano, he improved his Italian repertory.
To the most important engagements of his career belong Khovanshchina at the Opera Nationa de Paris, the Wiener Staatsoper and the Theatre Royal de la Monanie Bruxelles, Lady Macbeth of Mzensk at the Teatro Leceu Barcelona, the Sachsische Staatsoper Dresden and the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Falstaff under the baton of Zubin Mehta and Macbeth at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munchen, Falstaff and Don Carlo uner the baton of Lorin Maazel at the Salzburger Festspiele, Don Carlo also at the Teatro de la Maestranza Sevilla, Eugene Onegin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, War and Peace at the Opera National de Paris, Mazeppa at the Teatro all Scalla milano, Boris Godunov next to Salzburg and Vienna also at the Teatro la Fenice Venezia, the Teatro Regio Torino and the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Don Giovanni at the Teatro Liceu Barcelona and the RUHRtriennale.
Besides his numerous concert performances with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Anatoli Kotscherga also sang under Neeme Jarvi with the Goteborg Symphony Orchestra (Shostakovich: Symphony No 13), under Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philarmonic (Mahler: Symphony of a thousand), under Franz Wesler-most with the Camerata Academica Salzburg (Shostakovich: Symphony No 14), under Christoph von Dohnanyi with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (Solo scenes of Boris Godunov), at the Gewandhaus Leipzig (Janacek: Gladolitic Mass), at the Victoria Hall Geneve (Mussirgsky: Songs and dances of Death) and the Teatro Sao Carlos Lisboa (Verdi: Messa da Requiem). He gave Recitals at the Vienna Musikverein, at the Berliner Festwochen, at the Carinthian Summer Festival and at the Grazer Stefaniensaal.
Numerous CDs with Anatoli Kotscherga have been released: those with Claudio Abbado, as already mentioned, Boris Godunov under Robert Satanovski (Capriccio), Glagolitic Mass under Michael Tilson Thomas (Sony), Lady Macbeth of Mzensk under Myung-Whun Chung (DGG), Mazeppa, Aleko, Francesca da Rimini, The Miserly Knight and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 13 “ Babi Yar” under Neeme Jarvi (DGG) and Don Giovanni under Alain Lombard (Farlane).