Anatolij Fokanov

Press Quotes




" Fokanov's Scarpia performance has been admired many times, his appearance and charisma-in spite of the slightly overplayed, more traditional role interpretation- is authentic. Most of all because, I think, Fokanov is like this in real life. He is determined, clever, triumphant, theatrical, dominant type, and not least, enthusiastic fan of women. His voice still resounds beautifully and he can even die elegantly.

http://korulottemavilag.blog.hu/2018/01/23/tosca Erkel Theather



" His performance, using only his voice deserves all acclaims. His never failing voice, excellent acting and characterizing ability all tell us that Anatoly Fokanov, after spending more than 20 years on the stage of the Opera House, is a still defining, or what is more, an indispensable member of our opera scene. "

Gábor Bóka – Opera Világ - Puccini : Tosca – 2015. Margeret Island Open-Air Stage



" Mr. Anatoly Fokanov brings his usual form with natural ease, singing flawlessly as always; using with his characteristic body language. However, contrary to the nature of the role, he is forced to sing sitting on a sofa to perform the aria of revenge on a continuously changing, rotating stage. "

Tünde Ádám – Opera Világ - Verdi : Un ballo in maschera – 2015. Szeged : Open-Air Festival



" Mr. Anatoly Fokanov assumed the role of Monforte like a chameleon. The elegant, rigid characters with a lot of power suit him very well, so this fit him perfectly, too. With his swept-back grey hair and tight uniform he was the spitted image of a governor. His voice reliably delivered the usual experience, and at this time the best moments came when he sang with Attila Fekete in the role of his son. Father and son, baritone and tenor… their voices perfectly complemented each other, while the two unmistakeable voices topped each other in expressing the feelings of the characters of the duet. "

Dániel Mona - Verdi : Les vepres siciliennes – 2013.



" Mr. Anatoly Fokanov performed the role of Amonasro on his reliable, never failing voice, singing in a robust manner, but always following the spirit of the music. "

Gábor Bóka - Verdi : Aida – 2011.


"Anatolij Fokanov made debut in an overwhelming voice shape in the title role. He formed the role of the tragic-fated doge faultlessly and effectively. Fokanov was shocking in forming the dying old man ; his last duet with István Rácz proved to be the most cathartic moment of the performance."

Karoly Fulop - Opera-Világ Verdi: Simon Boccanegra - 2011.



" The displeasing Monforte, the governor leading the invaders, who at the same time struggles with his fatherly emotions, is played by the baritone singer, Anatolij Fokanov. In this role he is currently perhaps the greatest personality of the Hungarian State Opera, a largescale performance both in voice and character- painting. He totally deserved the frenetic applause from his loyal audience. "

Tibor Várkonyi - Népszava Szép Szó Verdi : I vespri Siciliani - 2009.



" One of the central characters in the exciting plot of the opera is Guido de Monforte, the tyrant who finds his child, played by Anatolij Fokanov. With his well-deserved success the Russian singer has proved again that he is the worthy depositary of the great Italian baritone characters. "

László Péterfi Nagy - www.operaportal.hu Verdi : I vespri Siciliani - 2009.



" Anatolij Fokanov too demonstrates with great subtlety the numerous emotional levels and stages comprised in his role ."

Eszter Veronika Kiss- Magyar Nemzet Verdi : I vespri Siciliani - 2009.



" I have positive recollections of the widely popular Anatolij Fokanov , the baritone singer playing Monforte: a nice voice, an authentic singer, who always plays his roles with great feeling. This time he has surpassed himself: Monforte spends plenty of time on stage, his part is quite strenuous and this role too is full high-pitched notes. The performance was interrupted by applause a couple of times, nevertheless the most frenetic applause burst out after the great duet of Arrigo and Monforte, and it was well-deserved: " the air started to glow " during the duet , we can seldom hear such a frenetic applause during a performance at the Hungarian State Opera. "

Balázs Csák - www.operaportal.hu Verdi : I vespri Siciliani - 2009.



" The sound and dramatic solutions in case of Anatoly Fokanov were born in good constellation. Fokanov proved his skill several times not only in the art of opera, but in oratorios and concerts, as well. His extraordinarily nice and particulalry toned voice can take a lot in the role of Gérard the intensive sound power, matched with the power of expression. As Giordano would write the role to him, the best performance of the evening was granted by the singer. It seemed, that his love and actions were more important, than those of the actor in the title role.

Ildikó Lehotka - www.papiruszportal.hu Giordano : André Chénier in the Opera House 2008.



"Anatoly Fokanov could move in the role of Jago absolutely naturally and elegantly.There was some playfulnes in his interpretation, in the Credo he showed not so much a demon, but a man who enjoys his talent, manipulative abilities at a high degree, and was able to maintain excellently his sound during the whole part.He was playing with the people and played with the public, too. He has shown one of the most consistent performance.

András Csont - www. papiruszportal.hu - Verdi : Otello - Festival in Ferencváros BUDAPEST 2008.


"Anatoly Fokanov's Jago has proved a role of genuine solutions. Over the fact that he has been blessed with a fantastic voice, his musicality lifts him to the heights of the greatest ones, he stretched the intriguer character up to the highest top ( Credo ). In this he was not disturbed by the sailorman's uniform, the pardonable, minor-major mishaps made by his partners. Beside Desdemona he was the other protagonist. He ruled the stage when he came out from the church, he attracted the attention and not Otello. (Revenge Duet )


Szabói www. papiruszportal.hu - Otello - Festival in Ferencváros Budapest 2008.



" The nicely resounding, powerful baritone voice of Anatoly Fokanov was able to recapture the music of the Russian church, as well. "

Ildikó Lehotka - www.papiruszportal.hu 2007 Rahmaninov : The Bells- The Palace of Arts



" Baritone Anatoly Fokanov sang Doyle's evocative " The Land " from that score, raising the hair on the back of everyone's neck "

Doyle : Music From Movies - Royal Albert Hall - London - 2007.



" Another soloist to stand out was the excoptional full- toned baritone voice of Anatoly Fokanov together withhis impressive stage presence added to the evening. "

Saskia Constantinou - Ledra Music Soloists and Avantgarde- Les Noces- Stravinsky-Nicosia 2007.

" Anatoly Fokanov sang the last part on his brilliant melodious voice. This is the way to end a wonderful
concert. "

Molnár - New Musical Periodical - Radio Bartók, April 19, 2007.



" In the role of Gérard Anatolij Fokanov reached the top of his career, he provided a first class performance, both as a singer and actor."

Péter Spangel- Hungarian Democrat - 2006.



" The Gérard of Fokanov would have won outstanding qualification anywhere in the world, he was reliable and fantastic. "

Szilveszter Ókovács - Hungarian Nation - 2006.



" The most outstanding interpretation is linked to the name of Anatolij Fokanov. In the role of Charles Gérard, who was formerly a lackey, later became the Secretary of the Republic, was able to sing in a powerful , deep tone, heavy baritone voice up to the end of the opera. Fokanov was nearly promoted to the hero of the performance, pushing the lovers into the background."

D.M. Weekly Response 2006.



" Anatolij Fokanov, on the other side of the podium, attains the international first class level, marvellous voice, unequivocal, clear, powerful and professional. "

( Samson et Dalila )
Miklós Fáy Life and Literature ( ÉS ) 2006.



"We could enjoy Anatoly Fokanov as Scarpia, who understudied into the role Béla Perencz. Fokanov sang already in the Festival opening Operagala, as well, and after the three performances of Tosca we will hear
from him Jago in Otello. Relating to his appearance: from the first moment there was no doubt, that he reigns the stage. With his appearance, posture, perfect dramatic gestures, voice and performance became the remarkable cast of the work, in spite of his understudy into the performance. The role of Scarpia seemed to be tailored to him. He has transferred the most possible negative human attributes to the public so naturally, as he would be such a type in the reality. His noble appearance was an inspiration of a real baron. His role interpretation belongs to the best ones."

Ildikó Lehotka - www.papiruszportal.hu Tosca jubilee in Budafest 2006.



"Anatolij Fokanov, one of the best performing Hungarian baritones, played the Count. His exceptional personality and cool elegance once again provided a wonderful evening for opera lovers. The trio in the second scene, then the amourous aria beginning "Il balen di suo sorriso" in Act II, after that the marching solo accompanied by the choir and then the duet with Leonora were all great moments of the performance. Nonetheless, the true high point was undoubtedly the Count Luna - Leonora duet. The true ardour and passion of Verdi's music came out so perfectly from Cserna and Fokanov that they would have won thunderous applause and ovation anywhere in the world, just as they did in the Erkel Theatre on December 22. Their celebration lasted a long, long time!"

Don Luis de Vargas www.zene.hu 04.01.2006.


"I understand that you have been singing operetta at a recent gala evening as the partner of Andrea Rost. Also, you gave a radio recital, you then replaced a sick colleague in the role of Scarpia at the Opera House in two sequential performances of Tosca (I heard the second of these, it was a great personal success and the audience very much admired your superb performance) and then, two days later, you sang Bellini arias at the "Charm of Bel Canto" concert in the Italian Institute. Busy weeks follow one another, as do the rows of performances as well, while at the same time you have to prepare yourself for what comes next. This time, in the first week of December, it is the baritone solos from two Rachmaninov cantata (Spring and Bells) with Simonov conducting. Anatolij Fokonov is a busy man. We need him!"

Csák P. Judit, Zene-Zene-Tánc 2005/5



"In the role of Graf Tomskij Anatolij Fokanov flourished; he is a very adaptable stage personality. He is humorous and his acting is superior. He is an excellent artist whose membership of the Budapest Opera House Company must be highly valued."

Géza Fodor, Muzsika 2003.



"The person whose dependable and outstanding performance must be highlighted is Anatolij Fokanov: his Conte Luna is world class."

Devich Márton, Budapest Verdi Festival, 2000.



"Anatolij Fokanov is a real win for the Hungarian opera. He is an exceptionally sympathetic and reliable singer. Even though his soul is still Russian, in his heart he is already Hungarian. I am happy to have him as my guest."

Telephone conversation with Éva Marton, 1996.



"Iam happy that the choice has now fallen on Anatolij Fokanov who I believe is an outstanding artist. I knew him as Iago and I consider him to be one of the best Verdi baritones. This is not only because of his voice but also because of his intelligence. Fokanov always acts as a gentleman on stage, which is important to this role, and he is also a gentleman in real life. It is a privilege to work with him."

Ilona Tokody on the premiere of Il Trovatore (Márton Devich, 1996.)



"In private life, Anatolij Fokanov is a happy, frequently smiling, pleasant person who nonetheless loves playing intricate characters. Right now, he is preparing his latest role as Iago in Othello which he will sing for the first time on Sunday evening in the Opera House with Lamberto Gardelli conducting."

Zsuzsa Réfi (Esti Hírlap) November 25, 1995.



"Anatolij Fokanov entered the production as an important Lord Ashton. He is charismatic and, as he steps onto the stage, you cannot but notice him immediately. The pregnant rhythm of his singing and the diversity of his musical characters ensure enjoyment from beginning to end."

Iván Kertész, 1995.



"He is a born charmeur and a heroic baritone full of lyricism. He is blessed with vocal and bodily gifts which penetrate through every costume, pose and exertion."

Mária Angyal (Zene, Zene, Tánc) 1995.



"Anatolij Fokanov is the other important figure in the performance. He started to sing unfaultingly and his voice was charged with feeling. His highly trained voice - in both high and low ranges - together with his clear intonation put him among the best at the premiere."

Ádám Bősze (Magyar Nemzet) Lucia di Lammermoor 1995.



"Anatolij Fokanov showed us how to be a classical Escamillo. With his beautiful, velvety voice and his vitality-filled interpretation he had the greatest success of the three performances."

Zsolt Hollósi, Szeged (Hazai Tükör) 1994.



"As Germont, Anatolij Fokanov naturally receives the greatest applause, for he is both an outstanding performer and a truly world-class sensation as a baritone."

Miklós Fáy (Népszabadság) 1994.



"It is a long time since we so much enjoyed a performance of Oniegin. Truly, with Anatolij Fokanov, we could listen to a really credible lead performer who sings with the same tonality at all levels of pitch and who is a big gain for our opera house."

László Dalos (Pesti Hírlap) 1994.



"Anatolij Fokanov presented himself most successfully in the role of Posa. Fokanov's fine baritone and his pure character-interpretation meant that he was rightfully loved by the audience."
Zoltán Farkas (Népszabadság) 1994.