Yuriy Yurchuk

Baritone

"Yuriy Yurchuk sang with a sonorous baritone and menacing demeanor as the four villains."

New York Times

"Yuriy Yurchuk's pithy, resonant baritone conferred an unexpected intensity on Germano."

Opera

"...a formidable Prince Yamadori..."

Times

"His dark, sinister baritone made him an arch-villain par excellence. His brilliant singing as Dappertutto was truly a highlight"

Brooklyn Eagle

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Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk was until recently a member of the ensemble at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where his roles have included Schlemil Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Baron Douphol La traviata, Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Flemish Deputy Don Carlo and Mandarin Turandot, as well as covers of the Four Villains Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Giorgio Germont La traviata and Posa Don Carlo. This season he will cover Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana and the title role of Don Giovanni. Elsewhere, he will sing Ping Turandot (Zurich Opera).
Previously a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Yurchuk’s past roles on the Covent Garden stage include Blazes in Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse, Angelotti Tosca, Baron Douphol La traviata, Steersman Tristan and Isolde (cond. Pappano), Michonet Adriana Lecouvrer, Dumas Andrea Chénier, Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Germano La scala di seta, and excerpts from Eugene Onegin (title role) and Werther (Johann), as well as covers of Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana, Shekalov Boris Godunov, Creon Oedipe, Sharpless Madama Butterfly and Shaunard La Bohème

Appearances elsewhere include Ford Falstaff in Chicago, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann with the Prelude to Performance programme in New York (a performance described as “sonorous” and “menacing” by the New York Times), the King of Egypt in excerpts from Aida at the Kennedy Center, and Marcello La Bohème, Constable/Narrator in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera and Private Willis Iolanthe for the DePaul Opera Theatre. 

Prizes include the Queen Sonja International Music Competition (Norway, 2015), the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition (Spain, 2015), the Ottavio Ziino International Competition (Italy, 2015), the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition (USA, 2014), the Monastero Foundation Bel Canto Competition (USA, 2013) and the Chicago NATS vocal competition.  Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Yurchuk discovered his passion for Opera after coming to Chicago and meeting Professor Marc Alon Embree, going on to study Vocal Performance at DePaul University School of Music.  Previously an M&A financial advisor with PwC for eight years, he also holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in finance and accounting from Kyiv National Economic University. 

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Count Rodolfo in Foroni's Margherita

Wexford Festival Opera, October 2017

...but the finest voice on stage belongs to Yuriy Yurchuk, who sings Rodolfo's aria with immaculate Italianate line.

Hugh Canning, The Times, October 2017

Yuriy Yurchuk gave a masterclass in how, with scant time and space, to inject a role with a profundity not immediately apparent in the action, or indeed the score. Count Rodolfo’s Act 1 aria was both nuanced and psychologically weighty.

Claire Seymour, Opera Today, October 2017

Colonel Rodolfo, sung by baritone Yuriy Yurchuk, possesses a rich, deep voice capable of great versatility and his denunciation of the real villain at the end was wonderfully evocative.

Andrew Larkin, Bachtrack, October 2017

Baritone Yuriy Yurchuk’s Count Rodolfo, the man whose testimony helps unwrangle the wrongs of the story, is appropriately full and authoritative

Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, October 2017

No weak links in a confident cast, with strong vocal leads and apt characterisations lessandra Volpe’s wealthy orphan Margherita, Andrew Stenson’s melancholy soldier boy Ernesto, Giuliana Gianfaldoni as his concerned sister Giustina, Yuriy Yurchuk as his colonel Count Rodolfo

George Hall, The Stage, October 2017

Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk is commanding in the final showdown where villains are trounced and love triumphs.

Clare Colvin, Express.co.uk, October 2017

Mandarin in Puccini's Turandot

Royal Opera House, July 2017

And there are no weak links in the rest of this vocal chain, anchored by Yuriy Yurchuk's Mandarin

Michael Church, The Independent, July 2017

Like the Herald in Lohengrin, the Mandarin in Turandot can set the tone for the whole evening and here Yuriy Yurchuk's forthright baritone made me sit up and listen

Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International, July 2017

The strength in secondary roles was a bonus, with idiomatic contributions from Yuriy Yurchuk as the choric Mandarin

Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage, July 2017

Baron Douphol in La traviata

Royal Opera House, January 2017

In a solid supporting cast Yuriy Yurchuk as Baron Douphol made more of this cipher character than most baritones achieve

Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage, January 2017

The re were arresting cameos from two of the Royal Opera's apprentices, Angela Simkin (FLora) and Yuriy Yurchuk (Douphol)

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, January 2017

Angelotti in Tosca

Royal Opera House, January 2016

Uktrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk was especially convincing as the anxious Angelotti, using his lovely tone to garner our sympathy

Claire Seymour, Opera Today, January 2016

...the best were Yuriy Yurchuk's urgent, focused Angelotti and Donald Maxwell's bustling Sacristan...

Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage, January 2016

The Four Villains in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann

Kaye Playhouse, July 2013

Yuriy Yurchuk sang with a sonorous baritone and menacing demeanor as the four villains

Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, July 2013

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