Pavlo Hunka



Internationally Acclaimed Opera Singer Pavlo Hunka was born in England, the son of a Ukrainian father and an English mother.  He qualified as a Linguist and then practised as a Lawyer in the United Kingdom for 4 years before embarking on a stellar singing career. He began his vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and completed them in Switzerland with Kammersängerin Maria Sandulescu.

Pavlo began his operatic journey in Basel, Switzerland, where he sang many of the Bass-Baritone roles in the Russian, German, French and Italian repertoires. For the last 27 years, he has sung in the most prestigious opera houses of the world - Paris, Vienna, Munich, Florence, Amsterdam, Madrid, Moscow, London, Salzburg, Rome, Berlin, Toronto; under a glittering array of conductors:  Claudio Abbado, Jeffrey Tate, Semion Bychkov, Zubin Mehta, Peter Schneider, Mark Wigglesworth, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Barenboim, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kirill Petrenko and Kasushi Ono.

Highlights include: Don Pizarro Fidelio at Munich and Vienna State Operas, the title role in Wozzeck at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Doctor Wozzeck at the State Opera in Berlin, Schigolch Lulu in Brussels and Munich, Macbeth in Berlin, Falstaff at the Canadian Opera Company, Tomski Pique Dame at Teatro Real Madrid, Klingsor Parsifal and Hunding Walküre at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Alberich Siegfried in Lyon, Nekrotzar Le Grand Macabre in Brussels, the General in Prokoffiev’s The Gambler in Amsterdam, Simone The Florentine Tragedy in Geneva, Boris Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in London, Šiškov From the House of the Dead in Berlin in the acclaimed Patrice Chéreau production with Sir Simon Rattle. In 2016 and 2017 followed among others Dikoj in Katja Kabanova at the Staatsoper Berlin, the Ring Cycle in Denmark, the Golden Cockerel in Brussels, Ligetis Grand Macabre with the London Symphony Orchestra and Klingsor in Parsifal in Budapest.

2016 marks Pavlo’s premiere performance in Ukraine, an art song recital on 5th June at the National Philharmonic in Kyiv, on 9th June at the Lviv Philharmonic.  He also appears at the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar at the National Opera Theatre in Kyiv on 29th September. 

Pavlo is Artistic Director of the Ukrainian Art Song whose aim is to record an Anthology of over 1000 Ukrainian classical art songs by 26 Ukrainian composers; songs never heard by the world, songs that deserve to be performed on the world stage.

Upcoming projects include Bertrand in Iolanta at the Royal Albert Hall, London and the Doctor in Wozzeck at the State Opera Berlin. 



Composer Work Role
Bartok Blaubarts Burg Blubeard
Beethoven Fidelio Don Pizarro
Berg Lulu Dr. Schön/Schigolch
Berg Wozzeck Wozzeck
Berlioz La Damnation de Faust Mephistopheles
Boito Mefistofele Mefistofele
Borodin Prince Igor Igor, Galitsky
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom 
Britten Billy Budd Claggart 
Britten Peter Grimes Balstrode
D'Albert Tiefland Sebastiano
Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Golaud
Donizetti Elisir d’Amore Dulcamara
Donizetti Favorita Alfonso XI 
Dvorak Rusalka Vodnik
Glinka A Life for the Tsar Sussanin
Gounod Faust Méphistophélès 
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Peter
Janáček Katja Kabanowa Dikoj
Janáček From the House of the Dead Siskov 
Janáček Cunning little Vixen Forester
Massenet Don Quichotte Sancho Pansa
Mozart Din Giovanni Leporello
Mozart Zauberflöte Sprecher
Mussorgski Boris Godunow Boris, Rangoni, Varlaam
Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann Miracle
Puccini Fanciulla del West Rance
Puccini Il Tabarro Michele
Puccini Tosca Scarpia
Rimsky-Korsakov Le Coq d’Or Dodon
Rossini Barbiere di Siviglia Basilio 
Rossini Guillaume Tell Guillaume Tell
Rossini Turco in Italia Selim
Rossini Viaggio in Reims Don Profondo
Schostakowitsch Lady Macbeth von Mzensk Boris Ismailow 
Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten Barak
Strauss Elektra Orest
Strauss Salome Jochanaan
Stravinsky Oedipus Rex Kreon
Stravinsky The Rake's Progress Nick Shadow
Tschaikowski Pique Dame Tomsky
Verdi Aida Amonasro
Verdi Attila Attila
Verdi Falstaff Falstaff
Verdi Macbeth Macbeth
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Holländer
Wagner Parsifal Klingsor
Wagner Ring Alberich
Weber Euryanthe Lysiart
Weber Freischütz Kaspar
Weill Mahagonny Trinity Moses
Zemlinsky Florentinische Tragödie Simone