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Yuriy Mynenko, Counter Tenor

Yuriy Mynenko was born in the city of Radomyshl (Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine). In his early years he studied piano and choral conducting. Later he continued his studies at Odessa State Musical Academy named after Antonina Nezhdanova, where he studied solo singing with Associate Professor Yuriy Teterya, first as a baritone and later as a countertenor. After finishing the postgraduate course Yuriy had been teaching solo singing at the Academy since 2007 till 2010.

Yuriy had successfully participated in many international vocal competitions. In particular, he became the first Ukrainian singer and the first countertenor who reached the final of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition for all its history.

Since his time as a student Yuriy actively performs in Ukraine and abroad. He participated in numerous concerts in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Israel, Greece, Bulgaria, and Russia, including concerts at the Maltese Capella and Belosselsky-Belozersky Palace in Saint Petersburg (Russia), Wigmore Hall in London (United Kingdom), and Auditorio de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). In 2010 he made his operatic debut at the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen (Schwetzingen, Germany) as Annio in La clemenza di Tito by W. A. Mozart — the part which is quite rarely performed by countertenors due to its dramatic nature and high tessitura.

Later on Yuriy made successful appearances in such venues as Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow, Russia), Nationaltheater Mannheim (Mannheim, Germany), Oper Köln (Cologne, Germany), Staatstheater Kassel (Kassel, Germany), Theater an der Wien (Vienna, Austria), Opéra de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris, France), Opéra Royal de Versailles (Versailles, France), Opéra national de Lorraine (Nancy, France), Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria (Santander, Spain), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C., USA), Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA), and many others.

Among the conductors Yuriy collaborated with are Kazem Abdullah, Igor Andriyevsky, Teodor Currentzis, Alan Curtis, Marc-André Dalbavie, Paul Daniel, Vladimir Dikiy, Dan Ettinger, Diego Fasolis, Grant Gershon, Reinhard Goebel, Simon Halsey, Jörg Halubek, Roman Kofman, Andrea Marchiol, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, George Petrou, Andrey Reshetin, Igor Shavruk, Ralf Sochaczewsky, Joseph Trafton, Mikhail Yurovsky and Vladimir Yurovsky.

Yuriy’s stage engagements include parts in Baroque, Classical and Romantic operas: Xbalanque in The Indian Queen by H. Purcell, Corrado in Griselda by A. Vivaldi, Rinaldo and Eustazio in Rinaldo, Ariodante in Ariodante, Scipione in Scipione, and David in Saul by G. F. Handel, Artaserse and Megabise in Artaserse by L. Vinci, Lisimaco in Temistocle by J. Ch. Bach, Annio and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito by W. A. Mozart, Ratmir in Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. Glinka, and Lel in The Snow Maiden by N. Rimsky-Korsakov.

In concert he performed David in David by F. B. Conti, Isacco in Isacco figura del Redentore by N. Jommelli, alto part in Messiah by G. F. Handel, Annio in La clemenza di Tito by C. W. Gluck, Romeo in Giulietta e Romeo by N. A. Zingarelli, Sonnets and Sextine Cyclus by M. A. Dalbavie, Stabat Mater by A. Vivaldi and A. Guillouzo, Salve Regina by G. F. Handel and D. Scarlatti, and also The Leaden Echo by L. Desyatnikov.

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