Belarusian baritone Ilya Silchukov is an internationally sought-after performer of the young generation whose compelling lyric baritone voice and dramatic interpretations have led him to Europe’s most important operatic stages.
Born in Minsk, Ilya Silchukov studied music with Prof. Adam Mourzitch and Prof. Petr Riedeger at Belarus State Academy of Music, before joining the Ensemble of Belarus State Opera Bolshoi in 2005.
Ilya Silchukov became a prizewinner of a dozen international singing competitions, including Muslim Magomaev Competition in Moscow, H.G. Belvedere Competition in Vienna, CLIP in Portofino and Elena Obraztsova GrandOpera Show on Russian culture TV channel with audience more then 20 million. In 2011 he took part in the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival.
Ilya Silchukov enjoys a busy career at the most important opera houses across the Europe. Recent performances include the title role in Eugene Onegin at the Teatr Wielki, Warsaw under Andrey Yurkevich, Valentine (Faust) in the Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv under Dani Ettinger, Michele (Il tabarro) and Geliebte von Gestern (Royal Palace) in the Opéra National de Montpellier under Rani Calderon, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) in the Landestheater Bregenz, Estonian National Opera, Tallinn (under Eri Klas), Janackovo Divadlo Brno, Maria Biesu Festival, Chishineu, Music Theater, Kaunas, and Opera Podlaska, Bialystok, Duke (Miserly Knight) in La Monnaie, Bruxelles under Mikhail Tatarnikov, Athanael (Thais) at the Promfest Opera Festival under Erki Pehk in Tallinn and Parnu, Miller (Luisa Miller) and Albert (Werther) in the Teatro Lirico Verdi di Trieste under Myron Mikhailidis, Schaklowity (Khowanschina) in the Oper Frankfurt under Lawrence Foster, Yeletzky (Queen of Spades), and Silvio (Pagliacci) in the National Academic Grand Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.
The 2018/19 season brings both new and signature repertoire. A favorite of audience in Minsk, he already made his role debut as Marcello in La bohème (Regie-A.Titel), solo baritone in Carmina Burana, house debuts in the Opera de Rennes and Angers-Nantes Opera as Robert (Iolanta). He will appear again as Eugene Onegin at the Teatr Wielki, Warsaw under Andriy Yurkevich.
In 2020 he is expected in Toulouse as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore.
Ilya Silchukov performs widely in concerts with conductors such as Vladimir Fedoseev, Fabio Mastrangelo, Ivor Bolton, Hansjorg Albrecht and others. His concert repertory includes Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Fauré’s Requiem, Tchaikovsky’s Moskva, and Rachmaninoff’s Vesna. Performances include the Elena Obraztsova Ball at the Bolshoi in Moscow, GrandOpera TV show gala in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Samara, Musikerlebnis Openair Fest in Munich, and Birgitta Festival in Tallinn.