Ilya Kutyukhin

“petit prince de l’opéra”
Thierry Hillériteau, Le Figaro


First and audience Price winner at the Paris Opera Competition 2019

© Sergey Demidov


Born in Pyatigorsk, Russia; Ilya is currently in the ensemble of the Bolshoi Theater. He was a member  of the prestigious Young Singers Project at The Salzburg Festival, where he will appeared in both Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk conducted by Mariss Jansons in a new production by Andreas Kriegenburg and in concert performances of Lucrezia Borgia conducted by Marco Armiliato.

This season, Ilya will make his Opéra national de Paris debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

From November 2014 to June 2017, Ilya was a member of the Young Artist Program of The Bolshoi Theatre where he studied with Dmitry Vdovin. During his time in the program, he performed in chamber music concerts with Ivari Ilja, Liubov Orfenova, Semyon Skigin and Giulio Zappa as well as in the concerts of the Young Artists Program of the Bolshoi Theatre in France: 2015 at Opéra de Toulon and at Opéra de Nice, 2016 at Opéra de Lille, and 2017 at Théâtre du Châtelet. He also attended numerous master classes with Svetlana Nesterenko, Neil Shikoff, Sir Thomas Allen, Evgeny Nesterenko, Kurt Rydl, Carol Vaness, Elizabeth Vidal, Diane Zola, Alessandro Amoretti, John Fisher, John Norris, Stephanie Rhodes, Paul Curran and Giacomo Sagripanti.

During the 2015/16 season he made his Bolshoi Theatre debut as Moralès in Carmen under Tugan Sokhiev, later returning as Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov under Ainars Rubikis. During the 2016/17 season at The Bolshoi Theatre he performed the role of Novice’s friend in Billy Budd under William Lacey and then he made his debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale under Michal Klausa. The 2017/18 season included his debut at Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Guglielmo in Nicholas Hytner’s classic production of Così fan tutte, the same role he sang at Vilnius Opera and at the Bolshoi, where he also took part in the productions of Billy Budd, Boris Godunov, Carmen and Don Pasquale.

In Summer 2019, Ilya made his debut at the Bregenzer Festspiele with the title role in Eugene Onegin. He followed this by making his second debut of the season at at Opera national de Paris as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Later in the season he will perform the part of Marcello in La Boheme in Torino and will later return to Bregenzer Festspiele as Marullo in Rigoletto and Dositèo in Nerone.


Carmen (Moralès)
Billy Budd (Novice’s Friend)
Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
Lucrezia Borgia (Ascanio Petrucci)
Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
Boris Godunov (Andrei Tchelkalov)
La bohème (Marcello)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
Eugene Onegin (title role)
Pique Dame (Prince Yeletsky)


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    12 Aug 19 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
    Bregenzer Festival

    “Ilya Kutyukhin, trente ans et Premier Prix du concours Les Mozart de l’Opéra en janvier dernier à Paris, compose un Onéguine idéal : beau gosse en costume trois pièces, montre en or et cheveux coiffés avec soin, grain noble et solide de baryton russe, d’une agréable ampleur.”

    [Translated] “Ilya Kutyukhin, thirty years old and First Prize Winner of the contest The Mozarts of the Opera last January in Paris, composed an ideal Onegin: a handsome boy in a three-piece suit, gold watch and hair capped with care, noble and solid grain of Russian baritone, a pleasant magnitude.”
    Bregenzer Festspiele, Anaclase, 12 August 2019

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    20 Feb 19 TCHAIKOVSKY Pique Dame/Queen of Spades
    Vilnius City Opera

    “Young Russian baritone Ilya Kutyukhin delivered a remarkable performance as Prince Yeletsky. There was heartfelt sincerity in his “I love you beyond measure.” And he also managed to overcome acoustic issues and filled the hall with his round, truly large, and agile voice.

    He showed a perfect control of the dynamics with dramatic crescendos and diminendos. Kutyukhin possessed an innate acting ability as the Prince’s emotions were extremely convincing, and that even made the audience seriously doubt for a moment that he may be left by Liza.”
    Polina Lyapustina, Opera Wire, 26 February 2019

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    14 Oct 17 MOZART Così fan tutte
    Glyndebourne on Tour

    “Ilya Kutyukhin, for instance, not only sang Guglielmo with a pugnacious baritone charm, but his acting and reaction work were expertly comic. The young Russian’s body language as he entered Dorabella’s chamber to do the dirty was priceless.”
    Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage

    “The cast, nothing if not international, is predominantly youthful as one expects with GT: fine singers at the start of their careers. All four lovers are making Glyndebourne debuts. Bogdan Volkov (Ferrando) and Ilya Kutyukhin (Guglielmo) have Bolshoi connections and abundant potential.”
    David Gutman, Classical Source

    “And finally Ilya Kutyukhin, a more interesting, subtle Guglielmo than usual.”
    Erica Jeal, The Guardian