Ukrainian bass-baritone Yuriy Yurchuk joins The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the start of the 2014/15 Season.
Yurchuk was born in Kiev. He studied finance and accounting at Kyiv National Economic University and worked as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for seven years before discovering a passion for opera. He trained at DePaul University School of Music. His roles have included Marcello (La bohème) and Constable and Narrator (The Threepenny Opera) 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. In spring 2014 he makes his role debut as Ford (Falstaff) with DePaul Opera Theater.
Yurchuk was a grand prizewinner in the Monastero Foundation Bel Canto Competition and a finalist in the Chicago Chapter NATS Competition.