Viktor Rud studied choral conducting at the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in his native Kyiv, Ukraine and graduated with Masters Diploma with Honours. From 1999 to 2002 he led Ukrainian National Technical University Chorus as its Artistic Director.
In 2002 he moved to London to pursue vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He graduated from the RAM in 2006 receiving Special Prize of HRH Duchess of Gloucester, President of RAM. In 2009 Rud was elected Associate of RAM. He completed his vocal studies in Britain at the National Opera Studio.
Viktor Rud moved to Germany in 2007 to become a member of the Staatsoper Berlin International Opera Studio for its inaugural season. The IOS was founded by Daniel Barenboim and supported bei Liz Mohn Foundation. Among many roles performed in Berlin were: Mr Astley in Prokofiev ‘The Gambler’ (conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov) and Mamma Agata in Donizetti ‘Viva La Mamma!’. In summer of 2008 Rud was a member of the Montblanc Young Singers Project at Salzburg Festival.
Since 2009 Viktor Rud has been a soloist at the Hamburg State Opera, where his roles include: Figaro ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’, Conte Almaviva ‘Le nozze di Figaro’, Guglielmo ‘Così fan tutte’, Poeta Prosdocimo in ‘Il Turco in Italia’, Harlequin in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’, Silvio ‘Pagliacci’, Schaunard ‘La Bohème’, Dr Falke ‘Fledermaus’, Ned Keene ‘Peter Grimes’, Fernando in Händel ‘Almira, Königin von Kastilien’, Dandini ‘Cenerentola’, Belcore ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’, Agamemnon in Offenbach ‘La Belle Hélène’, Lord Byron in Aribert Reimann ‘Unrevealed’, Graf Luna in Pfitzner ‘Palestrina’, Morales ‘Carmen’, Henry Cuffe in Benjamin Britten ‘Gloriana’, Alex Duval in Brett Dean ‘Bliss’.
In the 2015-16 season in Hamburg besides the roles from his repertoire like Figaro in ‘Barbiere’, Conte Almaviva in ‘Le nozze di Figaro’, Poeta Prosdocimo in ‘Turco in Italia’, Dr. Falke, etc. Rud performs Hiroto in the world premiere ‘Stilles Meer’ by Toshio Hosokawa conducted by Kent Nagano and directed by Oriza Hirata.
Viktor Rud has appeared as a guest soloist at La Scala, Milan (Mr Astley ‘The Gambler’ with Daniel Barenboim), as Don Fernando ‘Fidelio’ also with Barenboim in a European tour of the East-West Divan Orchestra including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London, the Salzburg Festival and Teatro Maestranza, Seville. He sang Fernando in ‘Almira, Königin von Kastilien’ for the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Guglielmo for Staatsoper Hannover, Shaunard for Oper Leipzig and Oper Graz, Herr Fluth in Otto Nicolai ‘Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor’ for Operklosterneuburg and ‘Viva la Mamma’ in Dresden.
Other operatic repertoire performed includes the title roles in Tchaikovsky ‘Eugene Onegin’ and Mozart ‘Don Giovanni’, Nardo in Mozart ‘La Finta Giardiniera’, Salieri in Rimsky Korsakov ‘Mozart and Salieri’ and Papageno in ‘The Magic Flute’ (conducted by Sir Colin Davis in 2004 at the RAM).
Rud has performed in numerous recital, concert and oratorio performances in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, London and Philharmonic Hall, Berlin. Viktor is a keen interpreter of Aribert Reimann music. He performed Lord Byron in the first staged version of ‘Unrevealed’ by Aribert Reimann and was the first performer of Liszt 7 Songs especially arranged by Reimann for him and string quartette.
Viktor Rud is the recipient of several awards including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Prize, the William Matheus Sullivan Prize, the International Mozart Competition and the Opera Rara Bel Canto Prize.