The Rimsky-Korsakov Album is now released and is available on Stone Records website, as well as Itunes, Google Play and Amazon.

Sunday Times Review:

"With the exception of The Nightingale and the Rose, Rimsky’s art songs are less well known than they deserve, so it is astute of Stone to present two rising young artists in a disc entirely devoted to these beautiful Romances. The Armenian Hovhannisyan wraps her bright, sensuous soprano around this famous number, but it is the Ukrainian baritone Yurchuk’s wonderful legato and superb Russian delivery that make this collection irresistible."

BBC Music Magazine Review:

"A gorgeous fest of Rimsky-Korsakov neglected Romances, rich in melody and colour. The two terrific, impassioned young singers are ones to watch."

Russian Art and Culture

"Both singers bring a strong feel for the text and the Russian language. These are not romances where the text is subsumed in the requirements of melody, the two go hand in hand. Both Hovhannisyan and Yurchuk have richly characterful voices. Hovhannisyan’s Slavic style soprano brings great character and richness to the music, though some may find her approach occasionally effortful. Yurchuk is similarly character with a resonant and lyrical baritone with an edge to it which reminds me of the young Sergei Leiferkus

Both share the honours, roughly alternating songs. Rimsky-Korsakov’s piano parts are perhaps not as demonstrative as some, erring on the side of flowing accompaniment, but Rybin brings out plenty of character.

Sergey Rybin provides an excellent article in the CD booklet introduction the composer and his music, and there are full transliterated texts (no Cyrillic) and translations. This is one of those discs that you feel ought to have been produced years ago. By my reckoning, there is material for a further three CDs!

Shakespeare Day Live event - watch the replay of ROH broadcast focused on operas and ballets inspired by the playwright's work

To celebrate the life of the Bard, the Royal Opera House has life-streamed an event focused around opera and ballet adaptations of his work.

Part of the BBC and British Council's Shakespeare Lives online festival, 'Ballet, opera and the Bard' saw rehearsals and performance from both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. The hour-long stream featured Principals Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson rehearse The Winter's Tale, as well as a performance of the potion scene from Kenneth MacMillan's classic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The event will also see Royal Opera artists Susanna Gaspar, Amy Lane, Yuriy Yurchuk and Jonathan Santagada performing and rehearsing music from Verdi's two great Shakespearean operas, Otello and Falstaff.

Yuriy wins 2nd prize and Critics prize in 14th Ottavio Ziino International competition in Rome

1° premio 14^ edizione concorso lirico internazionale Ottavio Ziino : GIULIANA GIANFALDONI

2° premio 14^ edizione concorso lirico internazionale Ottavio Ziino : YURIY YURCHUK

3° premio 14^ edizione concorso lirico internazionale Ottavio Ziino : CARLOTTA VICHI

Premio della critica: YURIY YURCHUK




The Prize Winners of Montserrat Caballe Singing competition have been announced and Yuriy took the Second Place.  

Over 200 singers from all over the World participated in the competition that has been held at the Auditorio de Zaragoza between September 6th and 12th, 2015.  The international Jury announced their decision after the final round of the competition on Saturday and Monstserrat Caballe herself has been present to award prizes and congratulate the winners.  

 with Montserrat Caballe after the jury has made their decision 

with Montserrat Caballe after the jury has made their decision 

Press release on the official competition website to follow (http://www.concursocaballe.org

Yuriy Yurchuk is a 3rd Prize Winner in International Queen Sonja Music Competition

The Prize Winners of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition have now been announced! The winners are:

1. Prize: Lise Davidsen, soprano, Norway.
2. Prize: Elsa Dreisig, soprano, France.
3. Prize: Yuriy Yurchuk, Baritone, Ukraine

The Competition final was covered by Norwegian TV NRK, with recording available at their website:

Part 1


Part 2



Yuriy Yurchuk selected as one of the five finalists for The Queen Sonja International Music Competition

 2015 Finalists left to right: Yuriy Yurchuk, Alexey Lavrov, Elsa Dreisig, Leon Cosavic, Lise Davidsen

2015 Finalists left to right: Yuriy Yurchuk, Alexey Lavrov, Elsa Dreisig, Leon Cosavic, Lise Davidsen

This year Queen Sonja International Music Competition 5 finalists were announced by the Jury. They will compete in the finals on Friday, August 21st on the main stage of Oslo National Opera House.

The Competition plays an important role in Norwegian cultural life, and it contributes in placing Norway on the international map of music. This year among applicants were 223 singers from more than 42 countries. 

This year Jury consists of Sophie De Lint (artistic director of Zurich Opera), Jonathan Friend (artistic administrator at the Metropolitan Opera), Angelika Kirchschlager (internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano), Dominic Meyer (director of Wiener Staatsoper), Pal Christian Moe (artistic advisor of Norwegian National Opera), Christoph Seuferle (artistic director Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Bo Skovhus (Internationally acclaimed baritone).

Finals to take place on 21st of August on the main stage of the Oslo Opera House. More details on The Queen Sonja International Competition Website