Ukrainian opera singer killed in Donbas: biography of Vasyl Slipak

Author : Serhiy Zvihlyanych

15:38, 30 June 2016

Ukrainian opera singer killed in Donbas: biography of Vasyl Slipak

Author : Serhiy Zvihlyanych

Slipak made a serious music career in Europe, but came back to defend his homeland

15:38, 30 June 2016

"Let us bow our heads, the Great Ukrainian has sadly passed away, defending the homeland and each of us..." journalist Yury Butusov wrote on his Facebook. Vasyl Slipak was a great actor and a great singer. And a great patriot too.

Vasyl Yaroslavovych Slipak was born in Lviv region. The pupil of the Lviv children's choir group "Dudaryk" has graduated from the Lviv Conservatory (Music Academy named after M. Lysenko) in 1997. In 1994, Vasyl won the competition in the French city of Clermont. The next two years he has been singing in France. In 1996, Vasyl was offered to stay there forever. After completing the studies in Lviv, he was invited to the Paris Opera. He managed to make a serious solo career in Europe, getting to the finals of numerous competitions in Budapest, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris.

Here is his aria "Toreador," for which Slipak received the "Best Male Performance" at the international festival of opera singers in the Harmel:

And here are two more of his great arias:

Vasyl Slipak has lived in France for 19 years. He performed at the Paris Grand Opera.

With the beginning of the revolution, he gave up his brilliant European career and came back to Ukraine. He took part in Maidan movement. Then he became a volunteer.

"It all started with volunteering. Pravyi Sektor (Ukraine’s far-right organization, party, and battalion) were our first “godchildren,” as we use to call them. Our volunteer organization Fraternité Ukrainienne ("Ukrainian brotherhood") has been helping them. The 7th Battalion of Pravyi Sektor was the first one, whom we had helped. I just knew these people. Thus, volunteering naturally grew into an active participation," he confessed in one of his interviews.

Subsequently Slipak has joined the 7-th battalion of Pravyi Sektor. He choose a call sign "Myth" (short for Mephistopheles from"Faust"). Vasyl has often performed his favorite aria from Mephistopheles:

While being in the ATO zone, he sang Ukrainian songs for his comrades.

After completing the military operations, Vasyl planned to continue his musical work in France. But the heart of the great patriot stopped beating. It took place near Donetsk. He was only 42 years.

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