Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk is a member of Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. In 2015/2016 season he sang Blazes (Lighthouse), Angelotti (Tosca), Barone (La Traviata) and will appear as Eugene Onegin (Onegin) and Johann (Werther), while covering Alfio (Cavaleria Rusticana), Shekalov (Boris Godunov) and Creon (Oedipe). After graduating from Young artists program - Yuriy will join Royal Opera ensemble for 2016/2017 season.
Yuriy made his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut as Steersman (Tristan and Isolde) under the baton of Antonio Pappano. In Royal Opera 2014/2015 season he also sang Michonet (Adriana Lecouvrer), Dumas (Andrea Chénier), Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) and Baron Douphol (La Traviata), covering Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Shaunard (La Boheme). Last year Yuriy appeared as Germano (Rossini's La Scala di Seta) and Ford in Verdi's Falstaff (Chicago). His baritone was marked as “sonorous, with menacing demeanor” by The New York Times and “dark and sinister... his brilliant singing as Dapertutto truly a highlight” by Brooklyn Eagle - 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 and Private Willis in Iolanthe with DePaul Opera Theatre.
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 and his debut with BBC radio 3 singing live for Sean Rafferty's In Tune . 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.
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.