Anatoliy Kocherga

Anatoliy Kocherga

Ukrainian opera singer
Date of Birth: 09.07.1947
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Anatoliy Kocherga
  2. International Recognition
  3. Accomplishments and Awards

Biography of Anatoliy Kocherga

Anatoliy Kocherga is a Ukrainian opera singer, known for his deep bass voice. He was born on July 9, 1947 (according to other sources - in 1949 or 1952) in the village of Samgorodok, which is now part of the Kazatinsky district, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine. In 1973, he graduated from the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (class of R. A. Razumova). From 1972, he worked as an intern and from 1974, he became a soloist at the Kyiv Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Taras Shevchenko.

International Recognition

In 1975-1976, Anatoliy Kocherga trained at La Scala Theater in Milan. He is known for his performances as a chamber singer, with a particular affinity for vocal lyrics by composers such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. His concert repertoire includes vocal-symphonic works, arias, romances, and songs. Kocherga has also toured extensively abroad. From 1987 to 1990, he was a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble.

Accomplishments and Awards

Since 1988, Anatoliy Kocherga has worked on contracts at opera and concert stages worldwide. In 1987, he performed the role of Boris Godunov in Modest Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" with the Polish theater "Wielki" at the Grand Opera in Paris. In 1994, he reprised the same role at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. In 2012, he portrayed Prince Ivan Khovansky in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Mussorgsky's "Khovanshchina" in New York.

Kocherga has made recordings for gramophone records and Ukrainian radio and television archives. His life and career were the subject of the film "A Portrait Painted by Voice" (1984, directed by V. Bun). He has received numerous awards and titles throughout his career, including the Laureate of the 5th All-Union Vocalists Competition named after M. I. Glinka (1st prize) in Vilnius in 1971, and the Laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (5th prize) in Moscow in 1974.

Anatoliy Kocherga is a Honored Artist of the Ukrainian SSR, People's Artist of the Ukrainian SSR (1979), People's Artist of the USSR (1983), and he was awarded the State Prize of Ukraine named after T. G. Shevchenko in 1989 for his performances in the operas "Boris Godunov" by M. P. Mussorgsky, "Don Carlos" by Giuseppe Verdi, and "Milana" by H. I. Mayboroda. He was also honored with the N. A. Ostrovsky Lenin Komsomol Prize of Ukraine in 1980 and the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 5th Class in 2016. Kocherga currently resides in Vienna, Austria, with his wife Lina, and also has residences in Kyiv and Luxembourg while maintaining his Ukrainian citizenship.