Belarusian baritone Ilya Silchukou is an internationally sought-after performer whose compelling Kavalier baritone voice and dramatic interpretations have led him to Europe’s most important operatic stages.


The 2022/2023 season brings both new and signature repertoire: Ilya makes his house debut at Teatro Alla Scala Milan as Jager in Dvorak’s Rusalka, and joins Ludwigsburger Festival in the Unfinished Revolution project.

Recent performances in 2021 and 2022 include: Prince Yeletzky/The Queen of Spades at Sofia State Opera, Dandini/La Cenerentola at Opera Montpellier, Belcore/L’Elisir d’Amore at Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, the title role in Eugene Onegin at Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Robert/Iolanta at Brucknerfest Linz, Valentine/Faust in Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Michele/Il Tabarro and Geliebte von gestern/Royal Palace in Opera National de Montpellier, Giorgio Germont/La Traviata in Landestheater Bregenz, Estonian National Opera Tallinn, Janackovo Divadlo Brno, Maria Biesu Festival Chishineu, Music Theater Kaunas and Opera Podlaska Bialystok, Duke/Miserly Knight in Royal Opera La Monnaie Bruxelles, Athanael/Thais in Promfest Opera Festival in Tallinn and Pärnu, Fiorello/Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Miller/Luisa Miller and Albert/Werther in Teatro Lirico Verdi di Trieste, Schaklowity/Khovanshchina in Frankfurt Oper, Silvio/Gli Pagliacci in Minsk Opera Bolshoi.


Born in Minsk, Ilya Silchukou graduated from the Belarus State Academy of Music before joining the Ensemble of Belarus State Opera Bolshoi in 2005. In 2021 he had to leave Belarus with his family and relocated to Boston, MA. In 2022 his escape story spread widely with The Boston Globe, Associated Press, and The Washington Post articles.

Ilya enjoys a busy career at the most important opera houses across Europe.

Ilya’s concert repertoire includes among others his signature baritone solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mahler’s Fahrende Geselle lied; Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem, Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Tchaikovsky’s Moscow and Rakhmaninov’s The Spring. Performances include Elena Obraztsova Ball at Moscow Opera Bolshoi, Musikerlebnis Fest and Radeberger Fest in München, Ludwigsburger Fest, Brucknerfest Linz, Birgitta Festival Tallinn a.o.


In 2011 he took part in the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival.
Ilya Silchukou became a prizewinner of more than 15 international singing competitions, including the H.G.Belvedere Competition in Vienna, CLIP in Portofino, and Elena Obraztsova Grand Opera Show at Russia Culture TV with an audience of over 20 million.


Ilya Silchukou – Belcore in G. Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (Excerpts) – Toulouse, Mar. 2020

Ilya Silchukou – Faust by C. Gounod – ‘Avant de quitter ces lieux’ – 2021

Ilya Silchukou – Die Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart – ‘Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja…’ (Aria of Papageno) – Boston, Sept. 2022

Ilya Silchukou – The Queen of Spades by P.I. Tchaikovsky – ‘Ja vas liubliu …’ – Sofia, Nov. 2022

Ilya Silchukou – La Traviata by G. Verdi – ‘Di Provenza il mar , il suol …’ – Boston, Sept. 2022