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Yuri Vorobiev


St. Petersburg-born bass Yuri Vorobiev is a principal singer at the world renowned Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg. He recently gave his company debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London as Colline in Puccini's La Bohème, took part in Robert Lepage's highly acclaimed production of Stravinsky's Le Rossignol at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Aix-en-Provence festival Grand Theatre de Quebec and Lyon de Opera, concerts of Iolanta and Le Rossignol at Salzburg Festival 2011 conducted by Ivor Bolton.

Yuri enjoys a great relationship with Valery Gergiev, with whom he has sung Gurnemanz in Parsifal in a tour of the UK (Millennium Centre Cardiff, Barbican Centre London, Birmingham Symphony Hall), a new production of Les Troyens at Palau de les Arts ‘Reina Sofia' Valencia, Pique Dame and Khovanshchina at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 at Konzerthaus Vienna and Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Timur in Turandot in concert at the NHK Hall, Tokyo; Narbal in Les Troyens at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and Carnegie Hall, New York; Konchak in Prince Igor at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Tokyo and Sarti's Gloria alongside Barbara Frittoli at the White Nights Festival.

Yuri has also worked with conductors such as Yuri Bashmet, Michael Guettler, Fredrik Malmberg, Gianandrea Noseda, Kazushi Ono, Paolo Olmi and Tugan Sokhiev.

His engagements outside the Mariinsky Theatre this season include Verdi's Requiem with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Rachmaninoff's Fate with Deutsches Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin with Iván Fischer, as well as Simon Boccanegra at Nice Opera and the Royal Opera House in Oman, conducted by Philippe Auguin.

Yuri was born in St. Petersburg where he graduated from the Glinka School of Music in 1998 and subsequently studied at the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. He has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2002. He is a prize-winner of the 2004 Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers´ Competition.

Yuri's repertoire includes: Rocco (Fidelio), Oroveso (Norma),  Narbal (Les Troyens), Zuniga (Carmen),  Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte),  Masetto (Don Giovanni),  la voce del nettuno (Idomeneo),  Bartolo and Antonio (Le nozze de Figaro), Mendoza and Father Benedictine (Betrothal in a Monastery), Cook  (Love for Three Oranges),  Angelotti (Tosca), Timur (Turandot),  Geronte de Ravoir (Manon Lescaut), Colline (La Bohème),  Don Prudenzio and  Antonio (Il viaggo a Reims),  Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ramfis (Aïda), Banquo (Macbeth), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Il Frate (Don Carlo), Pistola (Falstaff), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Marchese di Calatrava (La forza del destino), Grenvil (La Traviata), Lodovico (Otello) and  Don Inigo Gomes (L'heure espagnole). 

Very much at home in the Russian repertoire, he has sung the Old Gypsy in Rachmaninoff's Aleko, roles in several Rimsky-Korsakov operas (The Tsar's Bride; May Night, and Maid of Pskov).  He also has appeared in Anton Rubinstein's Demon; as Bertrand in Stravinsky's Le Rossignol; all the bass roles in Shostakovich's The Nose and as the Old Convict in Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk; as Surin in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades, Bertrand in the same composer's Iolanta,  and as Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin. Roles in Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla, Martinu's The Marriage, Shchedrin's Dead Souls, and Smelkov's The Brothers Karamazov are also in his repertoire.

His concert repertoire includes Bach Mass in B minor, Mozart's Mass in C minor, and the same composer's Requiem, Sarti Gloria, Puccini Messa di Gloria and Shostakovich Symphony No. 14.

Yuri Vorobiev