Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2014–16, during which time his roles included Steersman (Tristan und Isolde), Dumas (Andrea Chénier), Prince Yamadori, Baron Douphol, Germano (La scala di seta, Meet the Young Artists Week), Blazes/Officer (The Lighthouse, Meet the Young Artists Week), Angelotti (Tosca), Baron Douphol and Johann (Werther). In the 2016/17 Season he was a Royal Opera Principal, singing roles including Schlemil (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Baron Douphol (La traviata), Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), Mandarin (Turandot) and in The Nose.
Yurchuk’s engagements elsewhere have included Marcello (La bohème), Constable and Narrator (The Threepenny Opera) and Ford (Falstaff) for DePaul Opera Theater, King of Egypt (Aida) in a tribute to Martina Arroyo at the 36th Kennedy Center Honors Awards, Washington D.C., and the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) with the Prelude to Performance Program in New York.
Yurchuk was born in Kiev and gained his masters in vocal performance from DePaul University School of Music, Chicago. He has won prizes at the Queen Sonja International Music Competition (Norway), the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition (Spain), the Ottavio Ziino International Competition (Italy), the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition (USA) and the Monastero Foundation Bel Canto Competition (USA). Before his singing career Yurchuk worked as a mergers and acquisitions financial consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for eight years.