Baritone Aleksey Bogdanov makes his Odyssey Opera debut as Lionel in The Maid of Orléans. Recently Mr. Bogdanov sang his first performances of Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at Opera Carolina, as well as the title role in Rubinstein’s The Demon in Boston. He also sang Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Colorado Music Festival, Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles with Tulsa Opera, and Vitellius in Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera. He has been seen at Washington National Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, as well as General John A. Rawlins and Governor George Wallace in the premiere of the revised version of Appomattox by Phillip Glass. Additionally at WNO, he covered Donner and Gunther in Francesca Zambello’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen. Other recent credits include Doctor and Boilermaker in the American premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness with Opera Parallèle, and a return to The Glimmerglass Festival for Madama Butterfly, where the New York Times praised his “firm-voiced Sharpless, dignified even in despair.” A graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, his many roles with the company include Mozart’s Figaro, Guglielmo, Don Giovanni, and Masetto, Sharpless and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Sergeant Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Cristiano in Un ballo in maschera, the Jailer in Dialogues of the Carmelites, a Gravedigger in Hamlet, a Cappadocian in Salome, and a Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos. Upcoming engagements include Baron Scarpia in Tosca with Arizona Opera and Sebastiano in Tiefland with Sarasota Opera.