Yuriy Mynenko was born in Radomyshl, Ukraine. He studied singing under Yuriy Teterya at the Ukraine Music Academy Antonina Nezhdanova in Odessa, first as bariton, later as countertenor.
During that time, he successfully participated in numerous competitions. He was the first Ukraine singer and the first countertenor to reach the final in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Later, his artistic career took him to many European countries as well as the United States. He sang at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, at the National theater Mannheim, at the Opera Köln, at Staatstheater Kassel, at Theater an der Wien, at the Opéra de Lausanne, at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, at the Opéra Royal de Versailles, at the Opéra national de Lorraine Nancy, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Kennedy Center Washington, and at the Santa Fe Opera plus many other venues.
Yuriy Mynenko has been working with well-known conductors, among them Kazem Abdullah, Teodor Currentzis, Alan Curtis, Marc-André Dalbavie, Paul Daniel, Dan Ettinger, Diego Fasolis, Grant Gershon, Reinhard Goebel, Simon Halsey, Roman Kofman, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, George Petrou, Michail Jurowski and Vladimir Jurowski. His opera repertoire contains works from the Baroque, the Classic and the Romantic periods, with roles like Xbalanque in The Indian Queen by Henry Purcell, Corrado in Griselda by Antonio Vivaldi, David in Saul by George Friderik Handel, Artaserse and Megabise in Artaserse by Leonardo da Vinci, Annio and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as Ratmir in Ruslan and Ludmila by Michail Glinka.
In the season 2016/17, Yuriy Mynenko sang the title role in Handel's opera Rinaldo (at Theater Chemnitz), Pergolesi's opera Adriano in Siria at Theater an der Wien and Lel in Snegurotchka at the Opera de Paris.
In January 2018, Yuriy Mynenko did an excellent job replacing on short notice another singer as Romeo in Zingarelli's opera Giulietta e Romeo at Theater an der Wien, a performance highly acclaimed by the audience and critics alike.
During season 2018/19, Yuriy Mynenko performs in the new production of Death in Venice at Theatre Carré in Amsterdam, Polinesso in Ariodante at the Stuttgart Opera, Disinganno in Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at Teatro Manoel in Valletta, the role of Ottone in Vinci’s Gismondo re di Polonia in Vienna, Gliwice, Moscow plus a CD recording. In his debut at the Salzburger Festspiele he will sing Aci in Porpora’s Polifemo.
Future engaments for Yuriy Mynenko are Nadeshda in a new production of Satko at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow and the Opera of Lyon. Polinesso in a concert tour with conductor Marc Minkowski. The title role in Händel’s Publio Cornelio Scipione at the Göttingen festival. He will sing Apollo in Death in Venice at Theatre Chatlet Paris, the National Theatre Zagreb and the London Barbican Center. The role of Ottone in Vinci’s Gismondo re di Polonia in Warsaw and Dortmund, Lel in Snegurotchka at the Opera Bastille in Paris plus the role of Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Yuriy Mynenko was one of five countertenors to record the 'legendary' and multiple award-winning CD and DVD Artaserse (opera by Leonardo Vinci), which has been published by Virgin Classics.
(Version May 7th, 2019. Replaces all previous versions.)
CD1_03: Dal labbro che tëaccende
Adriano in Siria
CD2_12: Tutti nemici e rei
Adriano in Siria
Non temer ch’io mai ti dica
Gluck – O del mio dolce ardor
Ardito Ti Renda
Adriano in Siria
The 5 Countertenors