Vassily Savenko Biography
Vassily Savenko was born near Odessa, Ukraine. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexei Bolshakov, and later with Mikhail Kiselev. He won both the Mussorgsky and Lysenko Competitions and has sung principal roles for major opera houses in his native Ukraine and in Russia, including the Bolshoi Opera, Moscow, and the Kirov Opera, St Petersburg, where he sang Iago (Otello) under Gergiev.
In the early 90's he moved to Britain where his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall launched the showcase vocal series Russian Images – a kaleidoscope of Russian Art Songs rarely heard in the West. Further series followed (all premiered at Wigmore Hall) Rachmaninov and Medtner, Russian Horizons and Pushkin in Music: works from these programmes were subsequently released on three CDs by Hyperion Records. A collaboration with pianist Boris Berezovsky has focused on the wonderful songs of Nikolai Medtner: they have given recitals in the UK, Belgium, Russia and toured in Japan. A recording on the French label Mirare features some of this repertoire.
“[His] fine voice revealed both the depth of its tone and the ringing power of its
upper register. The pianist here was Tchaikovsky gold-
UK Festival appearances include Cheltenham International Music, Hereford Autumn,
Three Choirs, Rimsky-
World premieres: Yuri Kasparov’s mono-
“Burns to set the heather afire... an exhilarating experience”
Concert work with orchestras include operatic scenes/arias, and song cycles. Recent calendar highlights include Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death in Sweden, and Shostakovich’s 10 Songs of the Fool (from King Lear) with the BBC’s Symphony Orchestra at the Maida Vale Studios.
In opera, Savenko made his UK debut in a Rachmaninov double-
“Vassily Savenko was an excellent choice, tortured and vengeful as Lanciotto Malatesta
in Francesca, mean and mad-
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He has performed with the conductors Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Lazarev, Alexander
Annisimov, Nikolai Alexeev, Alberto Hold-
Recent highlights in include: Boris Godunov (title role) for the State Academic Opera
& Ballet Theatre, Ukraine and in November 2012 he joined the extensive European
tour of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta under Emmanuel Villaume, where he sang Ibn-