|Artem Krutko was born on January 8, 1985, in the city of Slavyansk-na-Kubani (Krasnodar Krai, Russia). In his early years he sang in a school choir and studied accordion in a music school. In 2001 Artem’s family mooved to the city of Chelyabinsk (Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia). From 2001 till 2007 Artem studied voice as a countertenor at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts under the guidance of Associate Professor Lyudmila Borovik. In 2011 he also took master classes with a famous French tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt at the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon (Lyon, France).
In 2004, being a third year student at the Academy, Artem was accepted to the Chelyabinsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre named after M. Glinka as a trainee. On the stage of this theater he made his operatic debut as Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro” by W. A. Mozart and less than in a year became a full member of the theater’s opera troupe. Since 2008 Artem also collaborates with the Mariinsky Theatre (Saint Petersburg, Russia) and since 2013 with the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany).
Among the operatic parts Artem performed are Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro” by W. A. Mozart, Milovzor in “The Queen of Spades” by P. Tchaikovsky, Lel in “The Snow Maiden” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Fyodor in “Boris Godunov” by M. Mussorgsky, Ratmir and Vanya in “Ruslan and Lyudmila” and “A Life for the Tsar” by M. Glinka, Alcide in “Alcide” by D. Bortnyansky, Voice of the Christ in “The Brothers Karamazov” by A. Smelkov, Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by B. Britten, Oreste in “Ifigenia in Tauride” by T. Traetta, and Eustazio in “Rinaldo” by G. F. Handel. He also sang Hamor in the staged version of the oratorio “Jephtha” by G. F. Handel, Prince Orlofsky in the operetta “Die Fledermaus” by J. Strauss, Oreste in the operetta “Gräfin Mariza” by I. Kálmán (the sideshow “Orfeum”), and a number of parts in children’s operas by M. Minkov, T. Shkerbina, E. Podgaits and A. Spadavecchia.
In concert Artem sang solo alto cantatas by A. Vivaldi (“Cessate, omai cessate”, “Stabat Mater”) and J. S. Bach (“Geist und Seele wird verwirret”), alto parts in “Messiah” by G. F. Handel, “Stabat Mater” by G. B. Pergolesi, and the Requiem Mass in D minor by W. A. Mozart, and also the tenor part in the “Coffee Cantata” by J. S. Bach.
Artem sang in such theaters as the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mikhaylovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, the theaters of opera and ballet in Cheboksary, Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Ufa and Yekaterinburg (Russia), Theater Bonn (Bonn, Germany), Schlosstheater Schwetzingen (Schwetzingen, Germany), and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, Germany). He also sang in concerts and recitals in Russia (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Cheboksary, Chelyabinsk, Dubna, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Magnitogorsk, Oktyabrsky, Samara, Ufa, Vologda, Yekaterinburg) and abroad — in Belarus, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Netherlands.
He performed with orchestras under such conductors as Adik Abdurakhmanov, Vladislav Belinsky, Wiktor Bockman, Sergey Ferulyov, Valery Gergiev, Eduard Grach, Anton Grishanin, Christian Kabitz, Roman Kaloshin, Wolfgang Katschner, Giancarlo di Lorenzo, Azat Maksutov, Fabio Mastrangelo, Olga Nesterova, Anton Sharoyev, Mikhail Sinkevich, Pavel Smelkov, Andreas Spering, and also with organists Vladimir Khomyakov, Taras Baginets, Vladislav Murtazin, Konstantin Volostnov and Lyudmila Kamelina.
Artem performed at many Russian music festivals, among which are International Opera Festival “Irina Arkhipova Presents” (Chelyabinsk), Russian Festival of Performing Arts “The Golden Mask” (Saint Petersburg), International Gavrilin Music Festival (Vologda), New Horizons Contemporary Music Festival (Saint Petersburg), International Opera Festival named after Maksim Mikhaylov (Cheboksary), International Festival of Vocal Art named after Valeria Barsova and Maria Maksakova (Astrakhan), International Bach Festival “Bach-Fest” (Yekaterinburg), International Opera Festival “Star Parade at the Opera House” (Krasnoyarsk), Stars of the White Nights Festival (Saint Petersburg), International Opera Festival named after Fyodor Shalyapin (Kazan), International Festival “Denis Matsuyev Presents” (Chelyabinsk), Saint Petersburg International Festival “Opera for Everyone” (Saint Petersburg), and the Festival dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre (Yekaterinburg). He also sang at the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe (Germany).
In 2005 Artem received the III prize at the XXI International Competition for Vocalists named after Mikhail Glinka (Chelyabinsk). In 2006 he was awarded with the diploma of the Regional Festival of Professional Theatres “Stage 2006” for his performance as Milovzor in “The Queen of Spades” by P. Tchaikovsky (Chelyabinsk). In 2008 he received the State Prize of the Chelyabinsk Oblast in the Musical Art nomination (Chelyabinsk) and in 2009 he became the Golden Lyre Prize laureate (Chelyabinsk).