Alex Pokryshevsky

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Bass


Last Victorian Opera performance

Soldier in Strauss' Salome, February 2020

Last 3 major performances 

  • Banquo in Verdi's Macbeth, Gertrude Opera, 2019 
  • Jesus in Bach's St John Passion, Melbourne Chamber Choir, 2019
  • Storm Knight in Rimsky-Korsakov's Kashchey the Immortal, Citi Opera, 2018

Education/Training

Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio - Postgraduate Diploma in Voice, Opera Singing

Age when you started singing

I was 14 years old when I started to sing in a children's folk ensemble in Ukraine. We toured extensively throughout the former Soviet Union states and Europe.

Favourite opera

It would have to be Tosca. It was one of the first operas I performed as part of the Opera Australia chorus. I was mesmerised by the performance of John Wegner as Baron Scarpia. I stayed in the wings for the entire second Act of Tosca for every performance. The music gets right into my veins every time. It’s dark, seductive and powerful. I would love to sing Scarpia one day.

Favourite opera role to perform

Colline from La bohème is my favourite. Youth, students, love, Paris - what can be better? 

A fun fact not many people know about you

I come from the musical family. My mom, mother-in-law and sister are all professional musicians. We did a concert few years ago for Melbourne's Russian speaking community, where only members of our family performed including my kids, who were 12 and 7 years old at the time. My eldest son, Anton, who is now 16, is an accomplished pianist, and these days I get him to accompany me at some of my concerts.

Tell us about your hobbies outside opera

  • I love all sports, especially football and tennis. I have been going to the Australian Open for last 15 years.
  • I love travelling and am thankful to my wife, who is a brilliant organiser of all our family travel adventures.

Quotes

“Taking the bass role as Kashchey’s Storm Knight, Burya Bogatyr, Melbourne-based Russian bass, Alex Pokryshevsky surged authoritatively with gusto in deep earthy territory to impress.”


Opera Chaser, 24 March 2018

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Alex Pokryshevsky as Banquo in Macbeth. Photo: Lyz Turner-Clark / Gertrude Opera October 2019