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