Baritone

Andrei Kymach

FIRST PRIZE WINNER BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD 2019

Introduction

Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach is the First Prize Winner of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Andrei graduated from the Bolshoi Young Artist Program in 2018. Within his tenure he made is role debut as Don Carlos in Dargomyzhsky’s The Stone Guest at the Bolshoi Theatre.

The 2019/20 sees Andrei give performances as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) at Norwegian National Opera, Escamillo (Carmen) at Opera di Firenze, Erico (Lucia di Lammermoor) at Ópera de Oviedo, Sadko (The Venetian Guest) at The Bolshoi Theatre, and a concert performance with Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Recent highlights include his house and role debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona as Sir Riccardo Forth (I puritani) alongside Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende, role and house debut singing Lord Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the Auditorio de Tenerife, title role debut as Don Giovanni at Opera de Nice and Théâtre d’Antibes, plus a concert performance of Rubinstein’s The Demon (title role) at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.


Performance Schedule

 
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    19:00 20 Oct 2019 Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic, KRASNOYARSK

    Soprano: Maria Motolygina
    Tenor: Mikhail Pirogov
    Baritone: Andrei Kymach
    Bass: Alexandros Stavrakakis

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    19:30 28 Oct 2019 Queen Elizabeth Hall - South Bank Centre, LONDON

    Baritone: Andrei Kymach
    Piano: Semion Skigin

Repertoire

BELLINI
I puritani Riccardo

BIZET
Carmen Escamillo

DONIZETTI
Lucia di Lammermoor Enrico
L’elisir d’amore Belcore

MUSSORGSKY
Boris Godunov Shchelkalov
Khovanshchina Shaklovity

RACHMANINOV
Francesca da Rimini Lanchotto Malatesta
Aleko title role

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
The Snow Maiden Mizgir
The Tsar’s Bride Gryaznoy
Sadko The Venetian Guest

RUBINSTEIN
The Demon title role

TCHAIKOVSKY
Pique Dame Tomsky
Iolanta Ibn-Hakia
Mazeppa title role

VERDI
I Masnadieri Francesco
Luisa Miller Miller
Simon Boccanegra Paolo Albiani
Don Carlo Rodrigo di Posa*
La Traviata Germont*
Il Trovatore Conte di Luna*

Press

 
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    01 Jul 19 RUBINSTEIN The Demon (title role) Chelsea Opera Group
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    “Andrei Kymach, fresh from his win as Cardiff Singer of the World, took the title role. He is a remarkable artist, his voice darkly beautiful and evenly produced, his command – both of line and text – is at once subtle and deeply expressive.”
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian

    “In the event, Andrei Kymach delivered an exceptional performance as both the depth and breadth in his baritone sound proved extraordinary and, in what was a concert performance, he could suggest the Demon’s ominous presence simply by walking on.”
    Sam Smith, musicOMH

    “Kymach’s Demon is a saturnine, glowering presence, dramatic of both appearance and voice”
    Hugh Canning for The Times

    “You couldn’t have wanted much more from the singers. The recently crowned Cardiff Singer of the World, the Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach, was the noblest of demons, wooing his prey with his burnished timbre and the odd toss of his shoulder-length hair…”
    Neil Fisher, The Times

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    22 Jun 19 BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD 2019 St David's Hall
    Cardiff

    The Ukrainian Andrei Kymach was just a babe in arms when Dmitri Hvorostovsky took the Cardiff Singer of the World title in 1989, but that his burnished baritone occasionally reminded one of that much-missed Russian only added to the conviction that Kymach was a most worthy winner this year. An aristocratic presence on stage, the integrity and focus of his musical and dramatic characterisation across the week of competition was compelling. Only the words mattered […] Kymach’s success will see him in demand across the world – and rightly so. Each of his performances was delivered with utter conviction and a burning intensity, eyes alive to every nuance of meaning. In Bizet, he was the supremely confident and slick Toreador, a heart-wrenching Aleko in the aria from Rachmaninov’s early opera and a darkly vengeful Enrico in Donizetti. That charisma had been equally audible in his earlier song prize performance, where the size of his voice was no barrier to intimacy and communication, lyrical line always paramount […] On a night given added distinction by the artistry of pianist Llŷr Williams, who played for all five singers including the Welsh mezzo Angharad Lyddon and the Russian tenor Roman Arndt, Kymach was the voice to which one could happily listen again and again and never tire of it.
    Rian Evans, The Guardian

    It was a close run against Lei and Lee but the Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach was the right winner: a burnished sound, a secure presence, stylish, precise and expressive in Bizet, Rachmaninov and Donizetti.
    Anna Picard, The Times

    “Kymach need never go back to 10 hour shifts in a Polish fish factory, and chapeau to Chelsea Opera Group for having booked him in Rubinstein’s The Demon next Sunday. In terms of competition parameters, you can’t compare incomparables like his cast-iron baritone, secure throughout the wide range called for in Bizet’sToreador Song”
    David Nice for the Arts Desk