Born in England to a Ukrainian father and an English mother, Pavlo Hunka qualified as a linguist and practised as a Lawyer in the UK before embarking on a singing career. He began his vocal studies at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music and completed them in Switzerland with Kammersängerin Maria Sandulescu.
He sang many of the major roles in the bass-baritone repertoire whilst on contract to the Basel Opera Company in Switzerland. Since then he has sung in most of the world's leading opera houses - Paris, Vienna, Munich, Florence, Amsterdam, London, Salzburg - for conductors including Claudio Abbado, Jeffrey Tate, Semion Bychkov, Zubin Mehta, Peter Schneider and Mark Wigglesworth.
His repertoire includes Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Wozzeck, Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard's Castle), Pizarro (Fidelio), Kaspar (Der Freischütz), The flying Dutchman, Lysiart (Euryanthe) and many bass-baritone roles in the Russian, Wagnerian and Italian repertoires. He is founder of and the driving force behind the Ukrainian Art Song Project.
Further information at www.uasp.ca/artists/pavloHunka.cfm
A selection of M&V articles about Pavlo Hunka
Ensemble. Utterly Idiomatic - Roderic Dunnett listens to vocal and choral music in Kiev
A Real Find - Robert Davies made a remarkable impact when he stood in as Papageno late in the run of English Touring Opera's 'The Magic Flute'; Roderic Dunnett profiles him and celebrates the progress of other ETO cast members