Masurok, Yuri (Antonovich)

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Masurok, Yuri (Antonovich)

Masurok, Yuri (Antonovich), Polish-born Russian baritone; b. Krasnik, July 18, 1931. He studied at the Lwów Inst, and the Moscow Cons., and won prizes in singing competitions in Prague (1960), Bucharest (1961), and Montreal (1967). In 1964 he made his debut as Eugene Onegin at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, where he later sang Prince Andrei in Prokofiev’s War and Peace. He made his London debut at Covent Garden in 1975 as Anckarström, the same role he chose for his U.S. debut with the San Francisco Opera in 1977. In 1979 he sang Escamillo in Zeffirelli’s production of Carmen at the Vienna State Opera, and also appeared there as Scarpia and Luna. In 1989 he portrayed Eugene Onegin in Barcelona, a role he reprised in Milwaukee in 1992. In 1991 he became a member of the Mannheim National Theater. In 1996 he sang Scarpia in Moscow. His other roles include Rossini’s Figaro, Giorgio Germont, and Rodrigo in Don Carlos.

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