as Soon as it came on the scene, one is struck by the intensity of his singing. In 30 years, the baritone Russian Ilya Kutyukhin, ex-member of the program for young singers of the Salzburg Festival, is one of the rising stars of the Russian opera. It was demonstrated at last year’s Glyndebourne Tour, a prestigious stepping stone across the Channel, where it made its debut in Cosi fan tutte . And proved it once again, with a poise and a composure puzzling, in the final round of the Mozart Opera, last Friday at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

“The auditions in Moscow had surprised everyone by the very high quality of competitors”

A member of the artistic committee

The competition in paris, initiated in 2010 by the late Pierre Verne, a lover of opera, is an excellent barometer of the vitality of the young operatic stage in the world. The jury, who stuck with the personalities as safe as Jean-Louis Grinda, Laurent Pelly, Christophe Ghristi, Peter de Caluwe, or Michel Franck (to name a few), is the irrefutable proof. Kutyukhin there is illustrated brilliantly, distinguished among ten finalists from eight different nationalities …

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