Many congratulations to baritone Ilya Kutyukhin, who took home the “Claude Dassault” First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2019 Paris Opera Competition!
Pictured above: Ilya Kutyukhin (right) 1st Prize “Claude Dassault” and Audience Prize, with Jérôme Boutillier (2nd Prize) and Melissa Petit (3rd Prize). Credit: Paris Opera Competition.
The final for the sixth edition of the competition took place on Friday night at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, where Ilya enchanted both audience and jury with his renditions of Yeletsky’s aria “Ya vas lublyu” from Pique Dame, and “Ebben,cosi si narra! – Quando le soglie paterne” from Donizetti’s La Favorite with Zlata Khershberg. The whole evening was streamed live on the competition’s Facebook page, and on YouTube, reaching more than 10,000 people, and you can watch the winning aria and duet on Ilya’s artist page.
The jury comprised top artistic directors from many major European opera theatres, as well as journalists, stage directors and performers. The competition attracted more than 400 entries, with only 10 candidates making it through to last week’s final.
Born in Pyatigorsk, Russia, Ilya is currently a member of the ensemble of the Bolshoi Theater, where his roles have included Morales Carmen, Malatesta Don Pasquale, Andrei Shchelkalov Boris Godunov, Novice’s Friend Billy Budd and Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte. Looking ahead, Ilya will return to his winning aria next month for performances of Pique Dame at Vilnius City Opera, and next summer will take on the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Bregenzer Festspiele.