Yuriy Yurchuk


"Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk was superb as Marcello, his acting convincing, his rich voice sometimes strident, sometimes seductively mellow."


"It was a tantalising sample of Yurchuk’s velvety dark sound, and his fine way with a lyrical line"

The Guardian

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

The Times

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

New York Times

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Described as "the finest voice on stage ...with the immaculate Italianate line" (The Times) and "a rich, deep voice capable of great versatility" (Bachtrack), Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2014-16, and a Royal Opera Principal from 2016-17.

His roles for the Royal Opera House include Blazes The Lighthouse, Germano La Scala di Seta, Angelotti Tosca, Dumas Andrea Chénier, Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Mandarin Turandot, Baron Douphol La traviata, Flemish Deputy Don Carlo, Johann Werther, Schlemil Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and various roles in The Nose. He has also sung excerpts of Michonnet Adriana Lecouvreur and title role Eugene Onegin, and covered title role Don Giovanni, Giorgio Germont La traviata, Rodrigo Don Carlo, Escamillo Carmen, Sharpless Madama Butterfly, Schaunard La bohème, Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana, Andrey Shchelkalov Boris Godunov, Yeletsky The Queen of Spades, Créon Oedipe, and King L'Ange De Nisida.

In the 2020-21 season he sings Robert Iolanta for New National Theatre Tokyo, and makes his role debut as Giorgio Germont La traviata. Other future plans include his house debut at La Monnaie, Brussels, and his returns to the Royal Opera House and Ukraine National Opera.

In the 2019-20 season he made his debut with Opera North as Marcello La bohème. Other recent engagements include Lescaut Manon and Marcello La bohème (Opernhaus Zürich), and Conte di Luna Il trovatore (Opéra de Baugé).

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Performance with Antonio Pappano (piano)

Snape Maltings, August 2020

Here Pappano turned pianist to accompany the Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk in songs by Georgy Sviridov and Rimsky-Korsakov, and Yeletsky’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades. It was a tantalising sample of Yurchuk’s velvety dark sound, and his fine way with a lyrical line.

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 30 August 2020

Pappano inaugurated [the Momentum scheme] in this concert, accompanying at the piano the Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk in three Russian numbers. Yurchuk has a glorious voice, with power and a rich smooth tone from top to bottom.

Richard Morrison, The Times, 31 August 2020

[Pappano] took the opportunity to inaugurate Momentum, a post-Covid scheme set up by the singer-conductor Barbara Hannigan to support young artists. A top musician invites a rising talent to share their platform. Pappano chose the golden-toned Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk, joining him as pianist in three Russian arias including Yeletsky’s painful declaration of love from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades – a surprise addition to a programme of Britten and Schoenberg. Yurchuk won huge cheers; 160 people (instead of the capacity 800) can make good noise.

Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 5 September 2020

Marcello in La bohème

Opernhaus Zurich, March 2020

Yuriy Yurchuk as Marcello, with a very engaging interpretation, both from a musical and a theatrical point of view. His smooth, well projected baritone was enjoyable, and his acting appealing: when he was trying to resist Musetta’s seduction he was irresistibly funny.

Laura Servidei, Bachtrack, 10 March 2020

…in stepped forceful Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk, who, as Marcello, was splendid throughout.

John Rhodes, Seen and Heard International, 9 March 2020

Marcello in La bohème

Opera North, October 2019

Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk was superb as Marcello, his acting convincing, his rich voice sometimes strident, sometimes seductively mellow.

Richard Wilcocks, Bachtrack, 13 October 2019

Marcello is played by Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk. He carries the role with confidence, conviction and lean energy, and his singing is rich and powerful.

The Culture Vulture, 15 October 2019

Marcello, a painter, and a sympathetic friend to Mimi, is sung and played with consummate ease by Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk.

Sandra Callard, On Magazine, October 2019

The multinational cast is exceptional, with Anush Hovhannisyan, making her Opera North debut as a flirty Musetta, nicely playing off Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk as Marcello..

John Murphy, The Stage, 16 October 2019

Yuriy Yurchuk's smooth-toned Marcello...

Geoffrey Mogridge, Ilkley Gazette, 21 October 2019

Also performing for Opera North for the first time are Ukrainian baritone, Yuriy Yurchuk, playing Marcello, jealous yet sincerely in love with the flighty but calculating Musetta... A very fine moment, in an evening of very fine moments.

Tom Tollett, The State of the Arts, 18 October 2019

Lescaut, Manon

Opernhaus Zürich, April 2019

Yuriy Yurchuk sang a profoundly flowing Lescaut, which showed strong presence vocally and dramatically...

Isabella Steppan, Bachtrack, 22 April 2019

Yuriy Yurchuk ... his characterful baritone flows wonderfully, and because of that, as a red line through the whole score, Lescaut gets here the necessary weight...

Kaspar Sannemann,Oper Aktuell, 7 April 2019

Yuriy Yurchuk offered a mellifluous Lescaut, making the most of “Ne bronchez pas, soyez gentille”, in a dialogue that Vitter parodied as a female equivalent to army life...

Ditlev Rindom, Mundo Clasico, 2 May 2019

As Manon's brother Lescaut Yuriy Yurchuk was just as credible, but now as a representative of a hypocritical society. The singer has a strong baritone, just the right size for the soldier.

John Mueller, Online Merker, 16 May 2019

Finally, we discover a bass-baritone of beautiful stature: the Ukrainian Yuriy Yurchuk, enveloping voice and powerful befitting a Lescaut even more charming than his kind cousin.

Katy Oberlé, Anaclase, 4 May 2019

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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