Yuliya Shkvarko is a multilingual soprano, who has been generously supported by Lady Maria Fisher Opera Scholar (International Artist Diploma 2019-2020), Helen Rachael Mackaness Charitable Trust (Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma 2018-2019), Peter Heath Scholarship (Master of Music in Performance Intensive 2017-2018; AdvPgDip 2018-2019) at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Yuliya’s passion for Opera from the young age led her to become an awardee of the Presidential Award for Young Talents (Belarus, 2008), prize-holder of the International Vocal Competition ‘Little Opera’ in Kohtla-Järve (2008) and of the International Vocal Competition ‘I sing for you, Russia’ in Velikiye Luki (2009), while studying in her hometown of Vitebsk with Lyudmila Lukas. In Brisbane, under the guidance of Geoffrey Ashenden, Yuliya became a recipient of the Brisbane City Council Junior Championship Trophy (2011). In 2016 Yuliya graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Bachelor of Music, getting into the top 5% students. In January 2015 Yuliya was awarded Cuskelly Summer School Scholarship. That month, she also sung the role of Yuliya Pachulskaya in 4MBS premier of Sean Ross’ Tchaikovsky: Angel of Music.

At the Royal Northern College of Music Yuliya is learning from Hilary Summers and Lynne Dawson, continuously performs with RNCM Songsters in a number of prestigious concerts such as ‘Revolution Retrospective’ at The Stoller Hall, Leeds Lieder International Concerts Season, Maggie’s Center Opera Gala, Manchester Cathedral Solo Recital and Rachmaninov Festival in London. Yuliya’s most recent Opera roles include Giulia in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta scenes (January 2018), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi, December 2018, RNCM) and Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge, January 2019, RNCM). Currently, Yuliya is preparing the lead role of Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (RNCM), which she will perform in December 2019 at the Royal Northern College of Music. Being a native Russian and English speaker, this young Opera singer has been developing her Italian, German and French skills. Her enthusiasm towards Italian language excellence has been encouraged by Società Dante Aligieri Scholarship twice (March 2016, March 2017).

Yuliya has performed in Master Classes for the renowned professionals across the World: Sir John Tomlinson (UK), Carlos Montané (Indiana, USA), Janice Chapman AUA (Australia), Dennis O'Neill (UK), Andrew Shore (UK), Janice Watson (UK).

Yuliya has been privileged to be selected four times for Opera North Residency Program in Leeds. She is also the youngest Opera graduate of Master of Music (Intensive) and Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma, both of which, Yuliya has completed with Distinction. In March she has received an offer to the most prestigious music college degree – International Artist Diploma (RNCM), to which only six musicians each year are accepted. This year has been especially fruitful for Yuliya, as not only she has received an opportunity to perform with recitals in four Baltic countries - Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland (July 2019 Alion Blatic Scholarship), but also became a Gold Medal Opera Prize winner of VI Alion Baltic International Music Competition 2019.

Despite the challenges that Covid-19 brought upon everyone, including the Arts world, Yuliya is very grateful to British Youth Opera for giving her an opportunity to continue her music journey during this complex time. From November, Yuliya will join BYO's Serena Fenwick Programme.


The Soprano Yuliya Shkvarko was fresh-voiced and impressive as Blanche, youthful and convincing as Blanche de la Force courageously facing her moral dilemmas.


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