Soviet Russian opera singer, with a baritone singing voice. People's Artist of the USSR (1976).
Yuri Antonovich was born in the city of Krasnik on July 18, 1931. He spent his entire childhood in Ukraine, graduated from the Technical University in 1955, where he was engaged in independent creative work, and in circles that unite interests, he also began to study opera. In 1960, he completed his education at the Moscow Higher Music Institute named after V. I. P. Tchaikovsky, in 1963 he graduated from graduate school and became a highly qualified cadre. Yuri Antonovich's father worked as a lawyer, and his mother as a teacher. Yuri had a very beautiful voice, this was his talent and gift, he was a very lively person with a corresponding character, but sometimes he lacked acting skills - expression to express feelings and emotions, for which he could criticize himself.
Yuri Antonovich began his solo career at the Bolshoi Theater, where he performed from 1963 to 2001, performing as "Eugene Onegin" in the opera of the same name by PI Tchaikovsky.
Yuri Antonovich sang on stages all over the world. In 1964 he toured with his performances at La Scala (Italy). At the end of the 70s he took part in the Renato stage in G. Verdi's opera "Masquerade Ball" at the Covent Garden Theater (England). In the period 1978-1979 he performed in an opera corpse that is located in the United States of America, being the protagonist in G. Verdi's opera La Traviata, he made mistakes in the action of Scarpia in 1939. He performed at the Austrian Opera, played the character of Escamillo in the musical and dramatic performance "Carmen" by J. Bizet in one thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine under the leadership of Franco Zeffirelli.
He toured the country and abroad with solo concerts (Bucharest, Budapest, London, Ottawa, Warsaw, Bonn, Helsinki, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Vienna). He had a large set of musical works for performance, including music of various directions and stylistic colors, was famous as a wonderful performer of romances.
He passed away on April 1, 2006 at home, in the suburbs of Moscow (according to other sources, on February 17 in Moscow. He was buried at the Troekurovsky cemetery.
Awards and titles
There are countless awards and prizes that Yuri Antonovich received, one of the most memorable and honorable - it was the gratitude of the President of the country for investing efforts in the development of musical art. Yuri Antonovich earned the recognition of acting in the USSR and the RSFSR. He became a multiple winner of music festivals held in Russia and internationally.
The work of Yuri Antonovich adorned all performances at the level of the highest professional standards and requirements that were imposed on the artists of the Bolshoi Theater.