Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Count di Luna (Il trovatore).
Bilyy studied at the Odessa National A.V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music and made his operatic debut as Giorgio Germont (La traviata) for Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2002 he joined Moscow’s Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, singing roles including Nabucco, Count di Luna, Eugene Onegin, Robert (Iolanta), Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) and Silvio (Pagliacci). Other engagements include Count di Luna for Paris Opéra, Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Bavarian State Opera, Giorgio Germont for the Bolshoi Theatre, Semperoper Dresden and Vienna State Opera, Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) for La Scala, Milan, Miller (Luisa Miller) for La Scala, San Francisco Opera and Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Alfio for Paris Opéra, Rome Opera and La Scala, Macbeth for La Scala, Vincenzo (La Wally) for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Renato (Un ballo in maschera) in Toulouse, Amonasro (Aida) in Rome and Escamillo (Carmen) in Munich.
Bilyy has received numerous awards at such competitions as Plácido Domingo's Operalia, the Elena Obraztsova International Competition, the Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest and the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition.
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