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Vitaliy Bilyy

Baritone

Biography

Vitaliy Bilyy in action.
Vitaliy Bilyy as Count di Luna in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera © 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

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.

Videos

News and features

Watch: How to play an operatic tyrant

6 February 2017
Watch: How to play an operatic tyrant

The cast and creative team of Verdi’s Il trovatore on what makes the opera's score and characters so impactful.

Verdi’s Il trovatore to be relayed live to cinemas on 31 January 2017

26 January 2017
Verdi’s <em>Il trovatore</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 31 January 2017

David Bösch’s haunting Royal Opera production features some of the composer's most recognisable music, including the Anvil Chorus.

Cast amendment: Vitaliy Bilyy to sing in Il trovatore

14 December 2016
Cast amendment: Vitaliy Bilyy to sing in <em>Il trovatore</em>

The Ukrainian baritone makes his Royal Opera debut in the role of Count di Luna.

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