One of the world’s most thrilling operatic baritones, Viktor Korotich, is performing a unique solo concert in London this January, during a rare break from the stage at the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
The prize-winning Russian singer, who has toured Europe with the Mariinsky Opera, presenting peerless performances of leading roles in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Il Trovatore and Falstaff, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, has created a recital bringing together highlights of his favourite dramatic roles, including Rossini’s Largo al factotum, Britten’s Within this frail crucible of light, Tomsky’s song from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, plus works by Richard Strauss, Berlioz, and Mascagni.
Viktor is accompanied by award-winning pianist Alice Turner, an opera and song specialist who performs regularly across the UK, including recent concerts at: Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Purcell Room, St James, Piccadilly, and St Martin- in- the- Fields in London and recitals with principal singers of Welsh National Opera at the Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and in Doha, Qatar.
The Programme of the Recital
- Rossini Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Seviglia)
- Britten Within this frail crucible of light (The Rape of Lucretia)
- Tchaikovsky Tomsky’s song (The Queen of Spades)
- R Strauss Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen…(Ariadne auf Naxos)
- Berlioz Ah, qui pourait me resister (Benvenuto Cellini)
- Ukrainian folk song Oh, ti divchino
- A Lara Granada
- Mascagni Quella è una strada (Le maschere)
- Russian folk song Ah, Nastasia
About Viktor Korotich
Viktor Korotich is one of the most exciting young baritones of today; he has worked extensively with such eminent music personalities as Valery Gergiev, James Gaffigan, Yury Bashmet, Yannis Kokkos, Yustus Frantz, Isabella Bywater, Alain Maratrat, Giorgio Corsetti, Michael Sturminger, Alice Farnxam and Tugan Sokhiev.
The singer’s impressive voice characteristics combined with the mastery of vocal art give Viktor an opportunity to perform easily and gracefully roles from the repertoire of a bass-baritone to a lyric baritone. Coupled with a masterful interpretation and a convincing and daring play, this allowed him to sing more than 20 leading baritone roles at his home stage at the Mariinsky theatre in St. Petersburg, among which are Rodrigo (Don Carlo), Ford (Falstaff), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi), Escamillo (Carmen), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia).
This season Viktor’s performances and premières at Mariinsky include: Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Valentin (Faust), Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore)
One of Viktor’s best hits is Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia – the baritone has taken part in 6 different productions; the recent two on the Mariinsky stage in 2015 and following his winning of the 2015 International opera contest of Clermont-Ferrand.
He is a regular participant of international festivals: the Moscow Easter Festival (2008-2012), the Music Festival Stars of the White Nights (2009-2016) just to name a few. Viktor toured to the Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland. He sang Lord Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor at the 2012 Riga Opera Festival and took part in live broadcast of Dvorak’s Rusalka at Royal Сoncertgebouw in 2014.
Viktor holds prizes and diplomas of various international vocal competitions; he also took part in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia contest. He was born in Nizhnevartovsk and upon graduating from the Prokofiev Academy of Music in Donetsk, was a soloist at the Donetsk opera and ballet theatre before joining the Mariinsky theatre in 2007.