Kiril Kulish, One Of Three Stars Of The Musical, Billy Elliot, On The View 2/2

Here is yet another example of the growing emergence of young talent.

I was shaking my head while watching  Kiril Kulish- unbelievable! He needs further vocal coaching, but his dancing is phenomenal.

Oh, to be young again!

Special thanks to kmbmiddlechild for tweeting the links to me!

Update: Would you like to see “triple excellence”?   Click here and enjoy all three stars from the show.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

5 Responses to “Kiril Kulish, One Of Three Stars Of The Musical, Billy Elliot, On The View 2/2”

  1. MCL – You’re very welcome. You may think I’m nuts, but I thought of another performance to share with you. Did you happen to see Trent Kowalik’s performance of Angry Dance at the Tonys? That boy can tap to heaven! If you missed it, here it is. Enjoy!

    It’s inspiring, really, the amount of talent they all have. Kiril was just 14 when he did that performance on The View. Now he’s 15, still so young but incredibly gifted.

    By the way, that post went up really fast. Awesome as always and love the site!


  2. Jessica Turner June 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I’m not a dance maven, but his turnout seems excellent. Dick Button goes on about the poor turnout in skaters’ layback spins as the turnout should be from the hip. I’ve tried to replicate it and nearly popped my hip out. I’m not sure of the french/ballet term for it.

    I would think that Kiril’s voice hadn’t changed yet in this. The poor boys who play this part must’ve be on tenterhooks, avoiding that first crack in the voice. Out they go then.

    Roseanne, and other voice professionals, is the emphasis on the blue-collar accent impede the proper vocal technique? I don’t know if Kiril is British or not but to have to sing in accent? That must be a double doozy. Most singers’ accents seem to fade in song. Even in the Beatles’ early albums, when their heavy Liverpudlian accents were at their strongest, their accents weren’t that apparent, except maybe on very certain words. Could you comment?


  3. Jessica – actually, the proper british accent is beneficial for proper vocal production – the round, pure vowels, crisp consonants and relaxed “r” and “l” consonants heightens the clarity and precision of a singer’s voice. Also, when you you add the round mouth position, relaxed jaw and diaphragmatic breath technique to this British approach, then the singer’s voice can truly soar and achieve nuance and increased dynamic range.

    British singers like Elton John, Paul McCartney etc. have kept the essence of their accent in terms of their vowel production, but have relaxed the full effect of the British accent to sound more current. I think this is why the voices of the British pop singers sound ageless.


  4. Couldn’t agree more about Kiril’s talent, MCL. Also couldn’t agree more with Kirsten about Trent’s Angry Dance at the Tonys. All three original Billys are really phenomenal performers, and now there’s a fourth one as well, Tommy Batchelor, referred to by some as “Tommy the Tornado” for his spins.

    None of the boys is going to end up with “professional singer” at the top of his resume, but they all have the right “untutored” quality about their voices that I feel fits the character of Billy and adds to their charm. I know they get some coaching, but I do wonder sometimes whether the vocal demands put on them in light of their changing voices could do damage.

    As for singing “Electricity,” I am continually amazed that they have enough breath left to finish the song after all the dancing and tumbling, to say nothing of carrying the entire show several times a week. The role of Billy has to be grueling. In fact, Trent commented in one interview that they take turns playing Billy because if only one Billy did eight shows a week, he would end up in the hospital!


  5. Kiril performed for the last time as Billy Elliot on October 3, 2009. By all accounts, it was an extremely emotional night for Kiril as well as the audience. I was not there but apparently the atmosphere in the theater was electric. He is greatly missed.

    However, he has been offered scholarships to the Royal Ballet School (London), the Paris Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre. On October 17, he performed in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House with Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone and a 50-piece orchestra. He surely has an exciting future ahead of him. Good luck Kiril!

    Meanwhile, 12-year-old Alex Ko, from Iowa, has replaced Kiril in the Billy rotation. He is an accomplished dancer and gymnast. His abilities can be seen in a specially choreographed dance he performed to commemorate his father, who recently died of cancer. It can be watched at A local news story featuring him is at Break a leg, Alex!


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