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Yuriy Yurchuk

Royal Opera Principal

Biography

Yuriy Yurchuk in action.
Yuriy Yurchuk as Michonnet in excerpts from Adriana Lecouvreur, Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk is a Royal Opera Principal for the 2016/17 Season, 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. He 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).

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.

News and features

Young Artist Profile: Yuriy Yurchuk – ‘It’s never too late to start doing something you love’

Young Artist Profile: Yuriy Yurchuk – ‘It’s never too late to start doing something you love’

19 February 2016

The Ukrainian baritone on discovering opera relatively late and the rewards of quitting his corporate career to become a professional opera singer.

Photos

Yuriy Yurchuk, Samuel Sakker and David Shipley in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Yuriy Yurchuk, Samuel Sakker and David Shipley in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Samuel Sakker and Yuriy Yurchuk in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Samuel Sakker and Yuriy Yurchuk in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Yuriy Yurchuk in La scala di seta, Jette Parker Young Artists Meet the Young Artists Week

Luis Gomes, Yuriy Yurchuk, Lauren Fagan and James Platt in La Scala di Seta

Yuriy Yurchuk in La Scala di Seta

Yuriy Yurchuk as Angelotti in Tosca

François Piolino as Schmidt and Yuriy Yurchuk as Johann in Werther, Royal Opera House

François Piolino as Schmidt, Yuriy Yurchuk as Johann, David Bizic as Albert and Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, Royal Opera House

Yuriy Yurchuk in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Samuel Sakker and Yuriy Yurchuk in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Yuriy Yurchuk, Luis Gnomes and Samuel Dale Johnson in La Scala di Seta

Yuriy Yurchuk and James Platt in La Scala di Seta

Yuriy Yurchuk and Anush Hovhannisyan in La Scala di Seta

Luis Gomes, Yuriy Yurchuk, Lauren Fagan and James Platt in La Scala di Seta

Yuriy Yurchuk, Samuel Sakker and David Shipley in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Yuriy Yurchuk, Samuel Sakker and David Shipley in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San, Carlo Bosi as Goro and Yuriy Yurchuk as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly

Yuriy Yurchuk as Yamadori and Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Lauren Fagan as Mlle Jouvenot, Rachel Kelly as Mlle Dangeville, Yuriy Yurchuk as Michonnet, James Platt as Quinault and Luis Gomes as Poisson in excerpts from Adriana Lecouvreur, Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2015

Riccardo Massi as Cavaradossi and Yuriy Yurchuk as Angelotti in Tosca

Yuriy Yurchuk as Angelotti in Tosca

Yuriy Yurchuk

Yuriy Yurchuk as Michonnet in excerpts from Adriana Lecouvreur, Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance

Samuel Sakker and David Shipley in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse

Yuriy Yurchuk, Lauren Fagan and Luis Gnomes in La Scala di Seta

Yuriy Yurchuk and Lauren Fagan in La Scala di Seta

Yuriy Yurchuk, Lauren Fagan and Anush Hovhannisyan in La Scala di Seta