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.
Future projects include: Dikoj Katja Kabanova, Schigolch Lulu, Tsar Dodon in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, the world premiere of The Monster in the Maze by Jonathan Dove with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Ring Cycle in Denmark with Alexandr Vedernikov, Le Grand Macabre with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony.
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!
This production of Rimsky-Korsakov's Golden Cockerel, recorded at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, was imagined by Laurent Pelly. Drawing from the modernity of Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical and dramatic imagination, the ambiguities of its specular structure, and its underlying reflection on language and absurdity, the French stage director focuses on the heavily symbolical aspects of this fierce and pitiless tale, while remembering both its historical context and its universal philosophical depth... French conductor Alain Altinoglu works wonders with the Théâtre de la Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, and reaffirms his strong affinities with Russian music, which were already made clear in the Tchaikovsky diptych Iolanta / The Nutcracker at the Paris Opera in 2016.