Powerhouse performances by baritone Andrei Kymach and bass-baritone Yuri Kissin deliver a solid start to Opera Australia’s 2023 season.


January 6th, 2023. Jansson J. Antmann

If you needed just one reason to attend this revival of David McVicar’s 2014 production of Don Giovanni, it would be the opportunity to witness the Australian debuts of Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach and French-Israeli bass-baritone Yuri Kissin.

In the title role, Kymach commands the stage and his presence is felt before he has even sung a note. The winner of the 2019 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Kymach delivers a vocal masterclass, and his dexterity enables him to make child’s play of his so-called ‘Champagne aria’. It is, however, his serenade “Deh! vieni alla finestra” that truly shows off his seductively dark and velvety voice. Like the countless victims of Don Giovanni’s feigned affections, it is hard not to swoon.