Why Would a Young Male Opera Singer Participate in a Young Artist Program?

Young artist programs often provide a young opera singer (male or female) with the opportunity to work with a professional conductor.

In Lviv, Ukraine a number of young opera singers can improve their performance skills as they work under the guiding hand of Myron Yusypovych.

As a participant in a young artist program, Serhiy Sevatyanov, a young male opera singer, had the chance:

  • to receive specialized individual vocal coaching
  • to sing a prepared aria in recital
  • to perform the opera aria in concert with an professional orchestra.

Young Artist Program in Lviv, Ukraine
Young Artist Program in Lviv, Ukraine


Young Male Opera Singer Sings in Recital

In the above opera video clip, Serhiy Sevastyanov, a young male opera singer, is performing Varlaam’s “Drinking Song” from the opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky.

The opera recital took place on April 6, 2009 at the Solomiya Kruszelnicka Museum in Lviv, Ukraine as part of a young artist program.

In the aria, Varlaam, a roguish and vagrant monk, with an interest in alcohol, describes how Ivan the Terrible attacked and destroyed the Tatar city of Kazan (1552) using kegs filled with gunpowder.


Young Male Opera Singer Performs in Concert

In the above opera video clip, the same young male opera singer as in the first opera video clip, Serhiy Sevastyanov, is once again singing Varlaam’s “Drinking Song” from the opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky. This time, he is accompanied by the INSO-Lviv Orchestra conducted by Myron Yusypovych.

The performance took place at the Lviv Philharmonia on May 20, 2009.

If you watch both video clips, you might notice that the tempo of the concert performance is faster than that of the recital. If you listen more closely, you might even notice some improvement between the first and second performance by this young opera singer.


Who is This Young Male Opera Singer?

Serhiy Sevastyanov
Serhiy Sevastyanov

Serhiy Sevastyanov is a young male bass opera singer.

Serhiy was born in 1987 into a family of musicians. He completed the Kos-Anatolsky Elementary Music School in Lviv, Ukraine. Initially, the young opera singer, specialized in piano and his teacher was T.Rodionova.

Upon completing his primary studies, Serhiy was accepted into the Lviv State College of Music. There, he attended classes in the Department of Music Theory and Voice. His vocal instructor was Volodymyr Paslavskyj.

In 2006, he entered the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy where his opera vocal studies began in earnest under Prof. Ihor Kushpler.

In 2008 and 2010, he was a second and third place winner at the Theodore Teren-Yuskiw Young Singers Competition.

As a professional opera singer, Serhiy Sevastyanov has perfomed on the Lviv Opera stage in the roles of:

  • Marches d’Obigny in La traviata by G. Verdi
  • Colline in La boheme by G. Puccini.

Young Opera Singers Perform as Part of a Young Artist Program

Young Opera Singers Recital
Young Opera Singers Recital

A recital closed the Ira Malaniuk 90th Birthday Exhibit at the Solomiya Krushelnytska Musical Memorial Museum in Lviv on April 6, 2009.

Recital participants were all members of the Vocal Workshop Studio at the Ukrainian Federation of Theatrical Artists (Lviv branch) and performed under my musical direction.

Svitlana Monchuk (soprano), Lyubov Dika (mezzo-soprano), Nadiya Zaborska (soprano), Vasyl Sadovskyy (tenor) and Serhiy Sevastyanov (bass) performed various fragments from operas. The recital included pieces from: Orpheus and Euridice by C.W. Gluck, The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser by R. Wagner, Tales of Hoffmann by J. Offenbach, Aida by G. Verdi, Boris Godunov by M. Mussorgsky and Natalka Poltavka by M. Lysenko. At one time during her brilliant career, Ira Malaniuk performed all of these arias on some of the most prestigious stages of Europe.

Natalya Pavlovska accompanied the performers clearly and exceptionally in this interesting program. The difficult program was inspiring and performed very professionally.

Most importantly, new, young and bright vocal talents of Lviv had a chance to shine.

Myron Yusypovych blog entry – April 6, 2009