Ilya Silchukou

Belarusian baritone Ilya Silchukou is an internationally sought-after performer whose compelling Kavalier baritone voice and dramatic interpretations have led him to Europe’s most important operatic stages.

Born in Minsk, Ilya Silchukou graduated from Belarus State Academy of Music before joining the Ensemble of Belarus State Opera Bolshoi in 2005. In 2021 he had to leave Belarus with his family after he dared to speak out against the political regime, and he relocated to Boston, MA. In 2022 his escape story spread widely with The Boston Globe, Associated Press and The Washington Post articles. 

Ilya enjoys a busy career at the most important opera houses across Europe. The 2022/2023 season brings both new and signature repertoire: Ilya made his house debut at Teatro Alla Scala Milano as Vodnik (Cover) and Jager in Dvorak’s Rusalka, and back to Sofia State Opera with Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola

2021/2022 recent performances include Prince Yeletzky (The Queen of Spades) at Sofia State Opera, Dandini (La Cenerentola) at Opera Montpellier, Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore) at Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, the title role in Eugene Onegin at Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Robert (Iolanta) at Brucknerfest Linz, Valentine (Faust) in Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Michele (Il Tabarro) and Geliebte von gestern (Royal Palace) in Opera Montpellier, Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) in Landestheater Bregenz, Estonian National Opera Tallinn, Janackovo Divadlo Brno, Maria Biesu Festival Chishineu, Music Theater Kaunas and Opera Podlaska Bialystok, Duke (Miserly Knight) in Royal Opera La Monnaie Bruxelles, Athanael (Thais) in Promfest Opera Festival in Tallinn and Pärnu, Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Miller (Luisa Miller) and Albert (Werther) in Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Schaklowity (Khovanshchina) in Oper Frankfurt , Silvio (Pagliacci) in Minsk Opera Bolshoi. 

Ilya’s concert repertoire includes among others his signature baritone solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen; Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem, Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Tchaikovsky’s Moscow and Rakhmaninov’s The Spring . Performances include Elena Obraztsova Ball at Moscow Opera Bolshoi, Musikerlebnis Fest and Radeberger Fest in München, Ludwigsburger Fest , Brucknerfest Linz, Birgitta Festival Tallinn a.o. 

In 2011 he took part in the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival. Ilya Silchukou became a prizewinner of more than 15 international singing competitions, including H.G.Belvedere Competition in Vienna, CLIP in Portofino and Elena Obraztsova Grand Opera Show at Russia Culture TV with an audience of over 20 million.

 

Representation exclusive and general management : World

Tchaikovsky : Pikovaya Dama

Verdi : Traviata