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Jurij Kruglov

Jurij Kruglov was born in Sevastopol, Ukraine. He graduated from the musical academy of Kiev.He sang then at the Small opera theatre there. The first role of Aleko in Rachmaninow’s opera of the same name brought him his first success in 1982. In 1985 Jurij Kruglov sang the role of Sobakin in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “ The Tsar’s Bride” on the stage of Kiev State Opera and Ballet theatre. That was the period famous for enlarging his repertoire. The singer played roles of Gremin (“ Eugeny Onegin”, Chajkovsky), Saltan (“ The story of Tsar Saltan”, Rimsky-Korsakov), Peter the first in Andrej Petrov’s opera of the same name. The special place in his roles took King Rene from Chajkovsky’s “ Iolanta”.

In 1990 the then-head of the opera of Prague’s National Theatre visited Kiev and chose him for the role of the Commendatore in the new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanny. Jurij Kruglov was invited to work in Prague. Here he had a good opportunity to sing a variety of roles of classical western repertoire, among them Fillip and Inquisitor in Verdi’s “ Don Carlos” and Mefistofel in Gounot’s “Faust”.

Besides his performances in opera houses of the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland, he has also appeared with his song and oratorio repertoire in Greece,Japan,Ireland and others. The cycle of romances “ Songs and dances of Death” by Mussorgsky was especially successful and gained the greatest sympathy of the public.

The singer himself thinks the most interesting role he has played is the main role of Mussorgsky’s “ Boris Godunov” staged in the State Opera Theatre of Prague, which he was a regular solist since March, 1997.