Pavlo Hunka


Pavlo Hunka
Opera singer
He was born in England from a Ukrainian father and a British mother. He is qualified as a linguist and practised as a lawyer in the United Kingdom for 4 years before embarking on a singing career. He began his vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and completed them in Switzerland with Kammersängerin Maria Sandulescu. In Basel, Switzerland he sang many of the bass-baritone roles in the Russian, German, French and Italian repertoires. For the last three decades, he has sung in the most prestigious opera houses: Paris, Vienna, Munich, Florence, Amsterdam, Madrid, Moscow, London, Salzburg, Rome, Berlin, Toronto; under a glittering array of conductors: Claudio Abbado, Jeffrey Tate, Semion Bychkov, Zubin Mehta, Peter Schneider, Mark Wigglesworth, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Barenboim, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kirill Petrenko and Kasushi Ono. Highlights include: Don Pizarro (Fidelio) at Munich and Vienna State Operas, the title role in Wozzeck at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Doctor Wozzeck at the State Opera in Berlin, Schigolch (Lulu) in Brussels and Munich, Macbeth in Berlin, Falstaff at the Canadian Opera Company, Tomski (Pique Dame) at Teatro Real Madrid, Klingsor (Parsifal) and Hunding (Die Walküre) at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Alberich (Siegfried) in Lyon, Nekrotzar (Le Grand Macabre) in Brussels, the General in (Prokoffiev: The Gambler in Amsterdam), Simone (The Florentine Tragedy) in Geneva, Boris (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) in London, Šiškov (From the House of the Dead) in Berlin in the acclaimed Patrice Chéreau production with Sir Simon Rattle. 2016 marked his premiere performance in Ukraine, art song recitals in Kyiv and in Lviv. He is the artistic director of the Ukrainian Art Song Project, whose aim is to record an anthology of over 1000 Ukrainian classical art songs by 26 Ukrainian composers.