French-Israeli bass-baritone Yuri Kissin was born in Perm (Russia). After starting his career in Israel, he moved to France and joined the Paris Opera Studio where he spent a couple of seasons. He was then invited back to take part in many productions both on the stages of the Opéra Bastille and the Palais Garnier.
He performed on most of the French opera houses and festivals and also sang in Madrid, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Williamsburg USA, Moscow, Perm, Amsterdam, Maribor, Monte-Carlo as well as at the Royal Opera House in Denmark and in Sweden.
His repertoire includes such roles as Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Leporello and Masetto (Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Cosí fan tutte), Basilio and Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Haly (L’Italiana in Algeri), Don Magnifico and Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), Colline (La Bohème), Escamillo (Carmen). His Russian heritage allows him to take part in many Russian operas too: Evgeny Onegin, War and Peace, Boris Godunov, Khovantschina…