Ukrainian bass-baritone Yuriy Yurchuk joins The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the start of the 2014/15 Season. In his first Season his roles include Steersman (Tristan und Isolde), Dumas (Andrea Chénier), Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) and Baron Douphol (La traviata) on the main stage and Germano (La scala di seta, Meet the Young Artists Week) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
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 his 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., the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) with the Prelude to Performance Program in New York and 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.