Opera singer speaks of his enchantment with art songs (Kyiv Post)

Pavlo Hunka, a 57-year-old British opera star of Ukrainian origin, was 17 when he first heard the Ukrainian art songs written by composer Kyrylo Stetsenko.

“When a Ukrainian art song is performed on stage, people start to respect Ukrainians as a cultural nation,” Hunka says, adding that recently an English musicologist and a Ph.D. student from South Korea chose Ukrainian art songs as a subject for their theses. “There is growing interest in this kind of Ukrainian artistry in the world.”