Baritone Iurii Samoilov will make his US debut this weekend, singing the title role in Eugene Onegin at the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit.
Having first sung the role in his native Ukraine aged just 19, Iurii has since performed Onegin at Oper Frankfurt, where he’s been a member of the ensemble since 2014. Other roles in Frankfurt have included Danilo Die lustige Witwe, Marcello La bohème, Mr Astley The Gambler, Masetto and Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, title role Don Giovanni, Il Conte d’Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Enrico Ashton Lucia di Lammermoor, and Marco Gianni Schicchi. Last month, he made his role debut as Papageno in Alfred Kirchner and Michael Sowa’s production of Die Zauberflöte.
Outside Frankfurt, recent highlights include Belcore L’elisir d’amore in Macerata, the title role in a new production of Billy Budd at The Bolshoi Theatre, Omar in a new La Fura dels Baus production of Le siège de Corinthe at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Masetto in Don Giovanni at Salzburger Festspiele, and his house debut at the Teatro Real Madrid in a new production of The Golden Cockerel, conducted by Ivor Bolton.
This December, the young baritone will make his role debut as Sir Rocco Forth in I puritani at Oper Frankfurt and, looking further ahead, will debut at the Metropolitan Opera, La Monnaie and Liceu Barcelona, and return to Dutch National Opera and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Performances in Detroit take place from 13 October to 21 October. For more information, visit the Michigan Opera Theatre website.