Grigory Shkarupa was born in St. Petersburg in 1989. After graduating from the Glinka Choral College in 2007, he went on to study at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory as both a singer and a choral conductor. At the opera studio of the conservatory, Shkarupa performed the roles of Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal, Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen conducted by Mariss Jansons, Panas in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve, among others. He is a prizewinner at the 1st Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Singers in St. Petersburg, the Shalyapin International Competition in Yalta, the ‘Three Centuries of the Classical Romance’ International Competition in St. Petersburg, as well as the All-Russian Sviridov Vocal Competition in Kursk. This season, Shkarupa made his debut as Melisso in Handel’s Alcina at the Bolshoi Theatre, under Andrea Marcon. He also made his Japanese debut as Der Mönch in Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze at the New National Theatre in Tokyo.
At the age of 19, Shkarupa debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. He sang the roles of the Prisoner in Verdi’s Nabucco, Patsyuk in Christmas Eve, Mityukha in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Zuniga in Carmen, The Monk in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Soldier in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and many others. He has performed with such distinguished conductors as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Justus Frantz, and Mikhail Agrest. He has also toured Spain, Israel, Germany and Luthuania with the ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre.
In October of 2010, Shkarupa became a member of the Young Artists Program at the Bolshoi Theatre. On the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre, he has performed the roles of the Police Inspector in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, The Cook in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Skula in Borodin’s Prince Igor and First Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In 2013, Shkarupa became a member of the International Opernstudio at the Staatsoper Berlin. He has performed there as Samuel in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Marchese D’obigny in Verdi’s La traviata, Joe Alaskawolfjoe in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny, Ein Athlet in Berg’s Lulu and the Fifth Jew in Strauss’ Salome.
Grigory Shkarupa has been a member of the Staatsoper Berlin since September of 2015, where he has performed the roles of Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Trufaldino in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca. In the summer of 2016, he sang the role of Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Bregenz Festival. In the 2016/17 season, Shkarupa made his debut as Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Staatsoper Berlin, after which he appeared at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève as Colline in La Boheme.
Shakrupa has performed with such notable conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Tugan Sokhiev, Massimo Zanetti and Karl-Heinz Steffens.