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:
Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov)
Tomsky, Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades)
Pantalone (Love for Three Oranges)
Napoleon (War and Peace)
(Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Renato (Un ballo in maschera)
Don Carlo (La forza del
Marquis of Posa (Don Carlo)
Marcello (La bohème)
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.