Vassily Savenko, bass-baritone
Ukrainian-born Vassily Savenko completed his vocal studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Alexei Bolshakov. He won both the Mussorgsky and Lysenko Competitions and has sung principal roles for major opera houses in his native Ukraine and in Russia, including the Bolshoi Opera and Kirov Opera, St Petersburg, where he sang Iago (Otello) under Gergiev.
Based in the UK, Vassily Savenko made his operatic debut in a Rachmaninov double-bill in the dual roles of Baron “Miserly Knight” and Lanciotto Malatesta “Francesca da Rimini”.
Other roles in Western Europe have included: Prince Nikita Tchaikovsky “Enchantress” (GPO); Ebbn-Hakia & René Tchaikovsky “Iolanta”; Tomsky Tchaikovsky “Queen of Spades” (Opera Ireland); Mazepa Tchaikovsky “Mazepa” & Prince Gremin Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin” (WNO); Prince Zhemchuzhny Tchaikovsky’s “Oprichnik” (Cagliari, Italy); Ivan Susanin M.Glinka “ A Life for the Tsar” ( COG );
Sobakin (cover) Rimsky-Korsakov “Tsar’s Bride” (ROH); Baldassare F. Cilea “L’Arlesiana” (OHP); Ferrando Verdi “ Il Trovatore”, Bonzo Puccini “Madame Butterfly” (WNO); Commendatore Mozart “Don Giovanni” (GPO & Klagenfurt),
Under conductors including Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Lazarev, Alexander Anissimov, Nikolai Alexeev, Alberto Hold-Garrido, Alexander Polianichko, Mark Elder, David Lloyd-Jones, Felix Krieger, Rumon Gamba…
Under Maestro Emmanuel Villaume he sang Ebbn-Hakia & René in Tchaikovsky’s opera “Iolanta” on the European tour of “Iolanta” with Anna Netrebko and was subsequently invited to repeat Ebbn-Hakia for Santa Cecilia Rome.
Concert work with orchestras: operatic scenes/arias and song cycles include Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death” in Sweden, and Shostakovich’s 10 Songs of the Fool (from King Lear) with the BBC’s Symphony Orchestra.
Recognized as a leading interpreter of Russian Art Song, Vassily Savenko’s extensive discography includes recordings on Hyperion, Meridian, Toccata Classics, Mirare ( France ), Dynamic ( Italy ) CSD 430/1-3 Oprichnik - Tchaikovsky…
He frequently returns to Russia and Ukraine to perform in concerts & opera. He is a special guest artist with the State Opera & Ballet Theatre Dnipro, Ukraine, where he started his operatic career, and recently performed the roles: Boris- Mussorgsky “Boris Godunov”, Prince Gremin, Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin”, Ebbn Khakia, King René Tchaikovsky “Iolanta”, Prince Igor & Khan Konchak Borodin “Prince Igor” and is due to appear as Scarpia & Amonasro…
In August 2018 Vassily Savenko has performed the role of King in Aida at Teatro Greco Taormina, Sicily for the Mythos International opera festival and critic has commented: “Very good and firm Vassily Savenko in the role of the King”