Yuri Vorobiev

Biography

St Petersburg born bass Yuri Vorobiev is a principal singer at the world renowned Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg.

 

In 2014-2015 and beyond Yuri will continue singing leading Verdian and Wagnerian roles at the Mariinsky as well as sing Fasolt and Hunding with the Seoul Philharmonic under Mo Chung, the Songs and dances of Death with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

 

Recent highlights outside the Mariinsky include the Glagolitic Mass at the Proms with the LSO, his company debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London as Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème, Robert Lepage’s highly acclaimed production of Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol at the Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Aix-en-Provence festival Grand Theatre de Quebec and Lyon de Opera, concerts of Iolanta and Le Rossignol at the Salzburg Festival conducted by Ivor Bolton,  and Parsifal (Gurnemanz) with Washington National Symphony Orchestra (Christoph Eschenbach).

 

Yuri enjoys a great relationship with Valery Gergiev, with whom he has sang  Gurnemanz in Parsifal in a tour of the UK (Millennium Centre Cardiff, Barbican Centre London, Birmingham Symphony Hall), a new production of Les Troyens at Palau de les Arts ‘Reina Sofia’ Valencia, Pique Dame and Khovanshchina at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony at Konzerthaus Vienna and Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Timur in Turandot in concert at the NHK Hall, Tokyo; Verdi’s Requiem with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo;, Rachmaninov’s Fate with Deutsches Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin; Simone Boccanegra at Nice Opera and Royal Opera House Oman. Narbal in Les Troyens at Suntory Hall, Tokyo and Carnegie Hall, New York; Konchak in Prince Igor at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Tokyo and Sarti’s Gloria alongside Barbara Frittoli at the White Nights Festival.

Yuri has also worked with conductors such as Yuri Bashmet, Semyon Bychkov, Fredrik Malmberg, Gianandrea Noseda, Kazushi Ono, Paolo Olmi, Ivan Fischer and Tugan Sokhiev.

Yuri was born in St. Petersburg where he graduated from the Glinka School of Music in 1998 and subsequently studied at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. He is a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2002. He is a Prize-winner of the Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers´ Competition (St Petersburg, 2004).

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Repertoire

OPERA
 
BEETHOVEN

Fidelio Rocco

BELLINI 
Norma Oroveso

BERLIOZ
Les Troyens Narbal   

BIZET 
Carmen Zuniga

GLINKA
Ruslan and Ludmila Svetozar

MOZART
Die Zauberflote Sarastro
Don Giovanni Masetto
Idomeneo la voce del nettuno
La nozze de Figaro Bartolo, Antonio 

PROKOFIEV
Betrothal in a monastery Mendoza, Don Carlos
Love for three oranges Cook
War and Peace Rostov

PUCCINI
Tosca  Angeolotti
Manon Lescaut Geronte de Ravoir
La Boheme Colline
Turandot Timur
Madama Butterfly The Imperial Commissioner

R. STRAUSS
Ariadne auf Naxos Truffaldino

RACHMANINOV
Aleko Old Gipsy

RAVEL
Spanish hour Don Inigo Gomes 

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Tsars bride Sobakin
Pskovitjanka Prinz Tokmakov
the Maid of Pskov Tokmanov, Vyazemsky
May Night Scribe

ROSSINI
Il viaggo a Reims Don Prudenzio, Antonio

RUBINSTEIN
Demon The servant of prince Sinodal 

SHOSTAKOVICH
The Nose all bass roles
Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk The old convict

STRAVINSKY
Oedipus Rex Tiresias

TCHAIKOVSKY

Queen of Spades Surin
Iolanta Bertrand
Eugene Onegin Gremin

VERDI
Aida Il Re
Macbeth Banco
Rigoletto Sparafucile
Don Carlo Il Frate
Falstaff Pistola
Nabucco Gran Sacerdote
Simon Boccanegra Pietro, Fiesco
La Forza del Destino Padre Guardiano
La Traviata Dottore Grenvil
Otello Lodovico, Montano

WAGNER

Parsifal Gurnemanz 

Der fliegende Holländer Daland 

Rheingold Fasolt

Die Walküre Hunding

CONCERT

BACH Magnificat, h-moll Messe

MOZART  Requiem, c-moll Messe

VERDI Messa di Requiem

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 14

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    Oedipus Rex

Press

Wagner

Parsifal

Kennedy Center

"As Gurnemanz, Yuri Vorobiev used his beautifully balanced bass to communicate with a mesmerizing mix of tenderness and intensity." The Baltimore Sun
"The NSO’s choice of singers was also most fortunate. The lion’s share of the evening’s work went to Russian bass Yuri Vorobiev, who sang the lengthy role of Gurnemanz, whose job it is in the finale to set the scene, to serve as the astonished greeter of an unexpected hero, and then to prepare that hero, Parsifal, for his redemptive mission to the Grail Community. Mr. Vorobiev’s deep, authoritative voice, calling up near visual images of the sights and sounds of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, was a near-perfect match that suited the solemn conclusion of an ancient and sacred tradition." Washington Times
"Vorobiev’s voice has a pleasant warmth, and he went about the assignment willingly, if not entirely idiomatically. He made some lovely sounds" Washington Post

Shostakovich

Symphony No 14

Mariinsky Theatre

"Soloists Olga Sergeyeva and Yuri Vorobiev turn in excellent performances and Gergiev draws fine playing from the orchestra. There have been some excellent versions of this work, including the Rostropovich (with his wife Galina Vishnevskaya and Mark Reshetin) and Yuli Turovsky (with Elizabeth Holleque and Nikolai Storojev). This version by Gergiev is thoroughly convincing and I hesitate to make comparisons, not least because this is an excellent video production in superb sound and those two older recordings are on CD only. Actually, as far as I know this Gergiev effort is currently the only video recording of the Shostakovich 14th.
All in all then, this is most satisfying disc and thus deserves my strong recommendation." Robert Cummings for classical.net

Wagner

Parsifal

Millenium Centre, Cardiff

"...and Yury Vorobiev as Gurnemanz were outstanding." Nigel Jarrett for South Wales Argus

Wagner

Parsifal

Barbican Centre, London

"No praise too high for Yury Vorobiev’s warm and vibrant Gurnemanz" Michael Church for the Independent
"Yury Vorobiev’s Gurnemanz was outstanding for clarity of diction and vocal authority" Barry Millington for the Evening Standard
"Yuri Vorobiev was a very moving Gurnemanz, delivering this taxing role with consistent authority and in complete command of its demanding emotional range. His Act One ‘narration’ was spellbinding, as was its ravishingly well-played accompaniment." Peter Reed for Classical Source
"Yury Vorobiev’s youthful but authoritative Gurnemanz radiated gravitas – a Russian bass of high intelligence" Andrew Clark for Financial Times

"I’ll draw a veil over the fact that the Gurnemanz of Yury Vorobiev was much younger than Parsifal, and instead offer praise for a beautifully sung account, without a hint a wobble you can so frequently hear from certain other basses in the role. Vorobiev seemed genuinely involved in – and moved by – the music, although his semaphore bordered on the unintentionally comic. For such a young singer to vocally portray the veteran Grail knight so nobly was a pleasure to hear." Mark Pullinger for Opera Britannia

Wagner

Parsifal

Birmingham Symphony Hall

"Without a doubt, Nikolay Putilin’s Klingsor and Yury Vorobiev’s Gurnemanz were the stars of the show. [...], whilst Vorobiev was the only soloist who made any effort to communicate his character’s wisdom with the audience, often singing directly at us with a voice so clear and focussed that other Wagner basses had better keep an eye on this fellow’s movements – his biography advises that he will sing Colline in La Bohème at the Royal Opera this spring, and this opportunity to hear him is strongly recommended." Andrew H. King for Bachtrack
"For the first hour or so Yury Vorobiev held the fort – an extremely youthful looking Gurnemanz. Yet he more than made up for his lack of years with his rich, mature sounding voice and the intense seriousness and gravitas he brought to the role – apart from when he sends Parsifal packing. His lament in Act Three of how the Kingdom of Montsalvat has fallen on hard times was profoundly moving full of grief that felt entirely genuine." Roger Jones for Seen and Heard
"The sonorously-voiced Yuri Vorobiev was a totally authoritative, constantly involved Gurnemanz, pleasingly less of the major-domo fusspot he can appear onstage" Christopher Morley for Birmingham Post

Recordings

Shostakovich Symphony No 14

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky:
Piano Concerto #1 in B Flat minor, Op. 23
Dmitri Shostakovich:
Symphony #14 *
Encores:
Sergei Rachmaninoff:
Prelude in G Sharp minor, Op. 32 #12
Nobuyuki Tsujii:
Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake & Tsunami of March 11, 2011
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky:
November (from The Seasons), Op. 37A

Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano
* Olga Sergeyeva, soprano
* Yuri Vorobiev, bass
Mariinksy Theatre Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
Recorded Live at the Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg - July 8, 2012
Euroarts Blu-ray 2059354 110m 1080i HD PCM Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio    
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