Charming beginnings: Nikita Ivasechko

Ukrainian baritone NIKITA IVASECHKO was born in St. Petersburg and studied at the Glier Kyiv Institute of Music with Prof. Vitaliy Gmudenko and Prof. Tamara Koval, at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Mario Hoff and at Hochschule für Musik Detmold with KS Prof. Mario Zeffiri. While still a student, his first engagements took him to the Landestheater Detmold as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and, with the same role, to the Goetheanum in Dornach as part of a production directed by Jasmin Solfaghari and promoted by Pamy GmbH Media Production. At this year’s Opening Gala Concert of the Jurmala Festival in Riga, Nikita Ivasechko sang a selection of opera arias by Bellini, Bizet and Verdi with the Jurmala Festival Orchestra conducted by Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. Together with the soprano Maria Nazarova and accompanied by the Italian conductor Michele Gamba, he further appeared in a recital concert in Milan presenting excerpts from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Verdi’s Don Carlo. With the beginning of the current season 2022/2023, Nikita Ivasechko has joined the Young Artist Program of the Vienna State Opera where his first appearances, among others, will include Fiorello in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. At the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, he will make his house and role debut as Ivan Ivanovic in a new production of Shostakovich’s Nos directed by Gergely Madaras and staged by Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus). Nikita Ivasechko is a scholarship holder of the Czerwenka Private Foundation.

Dear Nikita, nice to meet you! It’s a pleasure to talk to you! With the beginning of the current season, you joined the Young Artist Program of the Wiener Staatsoper. Why Wiener Staatsoper? What are your expectations from this Program? What do these Studios look for in a young singer at the audition?

As I began singing opera, Wiener Staatsoper was always my dream. It is the biggest and most legendary opera house in the world. My expectations are to observe from inside and understand how the opera world, which is actually a living organism, functions. I think that the studios look for intelligence, artistry, ambition, love for music, a drive to master yourself and, of course, talent.

You are a first prize winner of the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino. What thoughts and expectations did you have before the contest and which of them proved them relevatory? What were the factors that surprised you during this experience?

I am very thankful to the jury for their choice. It was a great time – I expected to meet many talented people and my expectations were fulfilled. I did not expect to be awarded first place! It gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities for the future.

What do you think is most useful for a singer just at the beginning of his or her career: Young Artist Programs or contests and why?

At the start of a young singer’s career, it is the most important to be concentrated on singing technique and understanding the music. Both Young Artist Programs and contests are crucial for young singers, because they demand excellence in these two fields.

Read the entire interview here, in the 7th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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