Pavlo Hunka

Baritone

Biography

Internationally Acclaimed Opera Singer Pavlo Hunka was born in England, the son of a Ukrainian father and an English mother.  He qualified as a Linguist and then practised as a Lawyer in the United Kingdom for 4 years before embarking on a stellar 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.

Pavlo began his operatic journey in Basel, Switzerland, where he sang many of the Bass-Baritone roles in the Russian, German, French and Italian repertoires. For the last 27 years, he has sung in the most prestigious opera houses of the world - 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 Walküre at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Alberich Siegfried in Lyon, Nekrotzar Le Grand Macabre in Brussels, the General in Prokoffiev’s 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. In 2016 and 2017 followed among others Dikoj in Katja Kabanova at the Staatsoper Berlin, the Ring Cycle in Denmark, the Golden Cockerel in Brussels, Ligetis Grand Macabre with the London Symphony Orchestra and Klingsor in Parsifal in Budapest.

2016 marks Pavlo’s premiere performance in Ukraine, an art song recital on 5th June at the National Philharmonic in Kyiv, on 9th June at the Lviv Philharmonic.  He also appears at the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar at the National Opera Theatre in Kyiv on 29th September. 

Pavlo makes his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine on May 18th 2017 in Zemlinsky’s The Florentine Tragedy.

Pavlo is Artistic Director of the Ukrainian Art Song Project, www.ukrainianartsong.ca whose aim is to record an Anthology of over 1000 Ukrainian classical art songs by 26 Ukrainian composers; songs never heard by the world, songs that deserve to be performed on the world stage.

Future projects include Alberich in the whole Ring-Cyclus in Odense and Janaceks House of the Death in Brussels.

 

Repertoire Opera

  • Composer Work Role
  • Bartok Blaubarts Burg Blaubart
  • Beethoven Fidelio Don Pizarro
  • Berg Lulu Dr. Schön, Schigolch
  • Berg Wozzeck Wozzeck, Doktor
  • Berlioz La Damnation de Faust Méphistophélès *
  • Boito Mephistofele Mefisto
  • Borodin Prince Igor Igor, Galitsky *
  • Britten Billy Bud Claggart *
  • Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom *
  • Britten Peter Grimes Balstrode
  • Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Golaud
  • Donizetti Don Pasquale Don Pasquale *
  • Donizetti L'Elisir d'Amore Dulcamara
  • Dvorak Rusalka Wassermann
  • Glinka Ein Leben für den Zaren Sussanin
  • Gounod Faust Méphistophélès *
  • Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Peter
  • Janáček Das schlaue Füchslein Der Förster
  • Janáček Aus einem Totenhaus Schischkow
  • Janáček Katja Kabanowa Dikoj
  • Ligeti Le Grand Macabre Nekrotzar
  • Massenet Don Quichotte Sancho Pansa *
  • Mozart Die Zauberflöte Der Sprecher
  • Mozart Nozze di Figaro Figaro
  • Mozart Don Giovanni Leporello
  • Mussorgsky Chowantschina Schaklowityj, Dosifei
  • Mussorgsky Boris Godunow Boris, Rangoni, Varlaam
  • Offenbach Les Conte d'Hoffmann Lindorf, Coppélius, Dapertutto, Miracle
  • Prokofiev The Gambler General
  • Puccini Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi
  • Puccini Tosca Scarpia
  • Puccini Il Tabarro Michele *
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Le Coq d'or Dodon
  • Rossini Il Turco in Italia Selim
  • Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Basilio, Bartolo
  • Rossini Guillaume Tell Tell *
  • Rossini Il Viaggio a Reims Don Profondo
  • Schoskatowitsch Lady Macbeth von Mzensk Boris Ismailow
  • Strauss, R. Die Frau ohne Schatten Barak
  • Strauss, R. Der Rosenkavalier Baron Ochs *
  • Strauss, R. Elektra Orest
  • Strawinsky Oedipus Rex Kreon, Bote
  • Strawinsky The Rake's Progress Nick Shadow *
  • Tschaikowsky Pique Dame Tomskij
  • Tschaikowsky Mazeppa Kotschubey *
  • Verdi Simone Boccanegra Simone *
  • Verdi Aida Amonasro *
  • Verdi Falstaff Falstaff
  • Verdi Macbeth Macbeth
  • Verdi Otello Jago
  • Verdi Don Carlo Filippo Secondo
  • Wagner Lohengrin Telramund
  • Wagner Parsifal Amfortas, Klingsor
  • Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer Der Holländer
  • Wagner Tristan und Isolde Kurwenal
  • Wagner Götterdämmerung Gunther, Alberich
  • Wagner Siegfried Wotan, Alberich
  • Wagner Rheingold Alberich
  • Weber Der Freischütz Kaspar
  • Weber Euryanthe Lysiart
  • Weill Mahagonny Trinity Moses
  • Zemlinsky Die Florentinische Tragödie Simone
* in preparation

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Press

  • Caligula (Cherea), English National Opera, Mai 2012

    ... während Pavlo Hunka Caligulas gravitätischen Tribun Cherea mit üppig proportionierter Bassbaritonstimme ausstattete.

    George Hall/Marc Staudacher, Opernwelt, July 1, 2012

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