Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk is the Royal Opera House principal artist, described by The Times as "the finest voice on stage ...with the immaculate Italianate line" and "rich, deep voice capable of great versatility" by Bachtrack. His 2017/18 engagements include Count Rodolfo (Wexford Festival Opera), Eugene Onegin (Ukraine National Opera), Ping (Zurich Opera), as well as Don Giovanni, Alfio and King (L'Ange De Nisida) covers for the Royal Opera House. Among 2018/19 plans are Marcello (La Boheme) and Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) for Zurich Opera, Yeletskiy (Queen of Spades) and Escamillo (Carmen) covers for Royal Opera House in London.
Yuriy is a prize winner in Queen Sonja International Singing Competition (Norway), Montserrat Caballe International Singing Competition (Spain), Ottavio Ziino International Singing Competition (Rome), Monastero Foundation Bel Canto competition (USA), Fritz and Lavinia Jensen competition (USA) and Chicago NATS vocal competition. His other appearances include the King of Egypt in Verdi’s Aida excerpt in tribute to Martina Arroyo at 36th Kennedy Center Honors Awards in Washington DC, concerts for the Royal family at the Buckingham and Windsor palaces, appearances for BBC TV series and BBC radio 3 Sean Rafferty's In Tune.
Together with Anush Hovanissyan and Sergei Rybin, Yuriy has recorded the collection of Rimsky-Korsakov romances for Stone Records where his "wonderful legato and superb Russian delivery that make this collection irresistible" according to the Sunday Times.
In 2016/2017 season at Royal Opera House he sang Schlemil (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Baron Douphol (La Traviata), Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), Mandarin (Turandot), various roles in The Nose, and covered Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) and Rodrigo Posa (Don Carlo). He was a member of Royal Opera young artist program in 2014/2016 seasons where he sang Eugene Onegin (Onegin), Blazes (Lighthouse), Germano (La Scala di Setta), Angelotti (Tosca), Michonet (Adriana Lecouvrer), Dumas (Andrea Chénier), Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), and Johann (Werther), while covering Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Alfio (Cavaleria Rusticana), Shekalov (Boris Godunov), Creon (Oedipe) and Shaunard (La Boheme).
His other engagements include Ford in Verdi's Falstaff (Chicago). His baritone was marked as “sonorous, with menacing demeanor” by The New York Times impersonating Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hofmann with Prelude to Performance program in New York. Yuriy made his operatic debut in 2013 as Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème, followed by Constable and Narrator in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera with DePaul Opera Theatre.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he discovered his passion for Opera after coming to Chicago and meeting professor Marc Alon Embree. Yuriy studied Vocal Performance at DePaul University School of Music. He also holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in finance and accounting from Kyiv National Economic University. Before embarking on a career as a singer he was a M&A financial advisor with PwC for eight years.