During the 2018/19 season Iurii Samoilov sings three roles for the first time: Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Sir Ricardo Forth in I puritani and A Bad Actor in Schreker's Der ferne Klang / The Distant Sound) - both new productions, and repeat his wonderful portrayal of Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. This Ukrainian artist makes his debut in the USA, singing Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, a role he enjoyed great success with in Frankfurt recently, at the Michigan Opera Theatre. Since this baritone left our Opera Studio to join the Ensemble his many roles have included Don Giovanni, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Marcello (La Bohème) and, in new productions last season: Graf Danilo in Die lustige Witwe / The Merry Widow) and Ned Keene in Peter Grimes. Other recent engagements have included Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) at the Opera Festival in Macerata, where he returns in the summer of 2018 for Malatesta in Don Pasquale, the title role in Billy Budd at the Bolschoi Theater in Moscow (the first ever performances of the work in Russia), Zarewitsch Afron (Der goldene Hahn / The Golden Cockerel) at the Teatro Real in Madrid and Omar (Le Siège de Corinthe) at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. He has also sung Masetto at the Nationale Opera Amsterdam and Salzburg Festival, Eugene Onegin in Vilnius and Guglielmo at Theater Basel. Other engagements have taken Iurii Samoilov to the Operadagen in Rotterdam, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Royal Albert Hall in London. This prize winning singer studied at the Ukrainian National Music Academy in Kiew.
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