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Vasily Gerello (Baritone)

• Honoured Artist of Russia
• Honoured Artist of Ukraine
• Prize-winner at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition (1993)
• Prize-winner at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize, St Petersburg, 1994)
• Recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s highest theatre prize (1999)
• Recipient of the Fortissimo music prize, founded by the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (“Performing skills” category)

Born in Vaslovitsy in Chernovitsky Region (Ukraine). Graduated from the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1991 (class of Professor N. Serval). Was invited to join the Mariinsky Opera Company while still a fourth year student in 1990.

Roles he has performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Pastor (Khovanshchina)
Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov)
Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
Robert (Iolanta)
Tomsky, Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades)
Pantalone (Love for Three Oranges)
Napoleon (War and Peace)
Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Giorgio Germont (La traviata)
Renato (Un ballo in maschera)
Don Carlo (La forza del destino)
Marquis of Posa (Don Carlo)
Macbeth (Macbeth)
Amonasro (Aida)
Ford (Falstaff)
Marcello (La bohème)
Sharpless (Madama Butterfly)
Valentin (Faust)
Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro)

Repertoire also includes: the Duke (The Miserly Knight), Baleario (Salammbô), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), Simon Boccanegra (Simon Boccanegra), Riccardo (I puritani), Alfio (La cavalleria rusticana), Filippo Maria Visconti (Beatrice di Tenda), Tonio (I pagliacci), Don Carlo (Ernani), Conte di Luna (Il trovatore).

Has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Spain, Italy, Scotland (Edinburgh Festival), Finland (Mikkeli Festival), France and Portugal. Guest soloist with the world’s leading opera houses, among them the Opéra Bastille (Paris), the Semperoper (Dresden), the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper (Berlin), the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London), La Fenice (Venice), the National Opera of Canada (Toronto), the Teatro Coóln (Buenos Aires), the Teatro San Paolo (Brazil), the Opera Santiago de Chile, La Scala (Milan) and opera houses in Amsterdam and Bergen.

Has a busy concert schedule. He has taken part in a concert by young soloists of Pacific Ocean nations at the San Francisco Opera, performed a solo programme at the Théâtre du Châtelet and sung a concert of bel canto music with the Symphony Orchestra of Belgium. Has performed in New York (Carnegie Hall) and London (Royal Albert Hall) with the Dallas and New York Symphony Orchestras.
He has appeared with such outstanding conductors as Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink and Fabio Luisi.

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