Iurii Samoilov: powerful young Baritone with a charming aura
At the Moscow preselection, Ukrainian baritone Iurii Samoilov qualified as the youngest participant of the final round of the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition 2009, capturing the attention of the opera world at the age of just 21.
Iurii graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine, in Kiev, in 2011. During his time studying there, he gained stage experience with Opera Studio Nederland and the DNO (De Nationale Opera) in Amsterdam.
Samoilov has been a permanent ensemble member of the Frankfurt Opera since 2014, where he has been able to develop his repertoire with such roles as Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Marcello (Puccini), Don Giovanni (Mozart) and Mr. Astley (Prokofiev).
In the spring of 2015, Iurii made his highly successful debut at Theater Basel as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) under the direction of Calixto Bieito, captivating the audience with his stage presence and outstanding theatrical performance.
Iurii also had two further impressive and noteworthy debuts in the
2016/2017 season. He wowed audiences at the Teatro Real de Madrid with his imposing portrayal of Tsarevich Afron in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel and gave a passionate and commanding performance at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, as Billy Budd in Britten’s opera of the same name.
In addition to his great success on-stage across various European opera houses, Iurii is also known for his striking deliveries as a concert singer.
His appearance on “The Stars of Tomorrow,” the ARTE show presented by Rolando Villazón, brought him to the attention of an even wider audience in February 2016.
Most recently, Iurii was also nominated for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, making it to the final five of the singing competition.
In the upcoming 2017/2018 season, this hugely talented young baritone will continue to be affiliated with the Frankfurt Opera. Excited fans can look forward to his two role debuts as Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes and Count Danilo in Lehár’s The Merry Widow.