Grigory Shkarupa, a surprising voice!
- Luciano Murgia, Rossini Festival 2020
Grigory Shkarupa started winning prizes at a very young age with his deep, warm and precisely sung bass. In 2011 he was a prizewinner at the 1st Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Singers in St. Petersburg. Later followed the Shalyapin International Competition in Yalta, the ‘Three Centuries of the Classical Romance’ International Competition in St. Petersburg, as well as the All-Russian Sviridov Vocal Competition in Kursk.
At the age of 19, Shkarupa debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. He sang the roles of the Prisoner in Verdi’s Nabucco, Patsyuk in Christmas Eve, Mityukha in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Zuniga in Carmen, The Monk in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Soldier in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and many others. He has performed with such distinguished conductors as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Justus Frantz, and Mikhail Agrest. He has also toured Spain, Israel, Germany and Lithuania with the ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre.
In October of 2010, Shkarupa became a member of the Young Artists Program at the Bolshoi Theatre where he regularly performed on the stage of the Bolshoi.
In 2013, Shkarupa became a member of the International Opernstudio at the Staatsoper Berlin. He has performed there as Samuel in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Marchese D’obigny in Verdi’s La traviata, Joe Alaskawolfjoe in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny, Ein Athlet in Berg’s Lulu and the Fifth Jew in Strauss’ Salome. He sang the role of Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Bregenz Festival.
Grigory Shkarupa is a member of the Staatsoper Berlin since September of 2015, where he has performed the roles of Sarastro In Zauberflöte, Ferrando In Trovatore, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia, Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Trufaldino in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Biterolf in Tannhäuser. Grigorii Shkarupa performs as a guest in Grand Theatre de Genève has also performed with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta,Vladimir Jurowski, P.Arrivabeni, T.Sokhiev, M.Zanetti and others.
Born in St. Petersburg in 1989, after graduating from the Glinka Choral College in 2007, he went on to study at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory as both a singer and a choral conductor. At the opera studio of the conservatory, Shkarupa already performed the roles of Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal (excerpts of the opera), Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen conducted by Mariss Jansons, Panas in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve, and others.