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On Saturday 8th September Dmitri Hvorostovsky performed the opening concert of Wigmore Hall’s new season with his long-standing accompanist Ivari Ilja.
The pair performed works that can be found on their recent Ondine disc:
The internationally acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, and studied in Krasnoyarsk. He won the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1989.
From the start, audiences were bowled over by his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, his career exploded to take in regular engagements at the world’s major opera houses and appearances at renowned international festivals, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg, in addition to appearances at the Salzburg Festival as the Count in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and, in 1999, in the title role in the new production of Don Giovanni. His most notable roles include Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlos, Germont pere in La Traviata, and Francesco in I Masnadieri.
A celebrated recitalist in demand in every corner of the globe–from the Far East to the Middle East, from Australia to South America– Hvorostovsky has appeared at such venues as Wigmore Hall, London; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh; Carnegie Hall, New York; the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow; the Liceu, Barcelona; the Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and the Musikverein, Vienna. The singer regularly performs in concert with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and conductors, including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Termikanov and Valery Gergiev.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky has given many recitals, to great acclaim, in most major international recital venues, including Carnegie Hall, New York, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., Wigmore Hall, London, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow, the Liceu, Barcelona, the Cultural Centre, Hong Kong and the Musikverein, Vienna. He has also given recitals in Seoul, Oslo, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Australia, South America and the Far East.
He also appears regularly in concert with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and conductors with whom he has worked include Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zubin Mehta and Valery Gergiev.
Hvorostovsky made his film debut in the fall of 2000 in a contemporary film adaptation of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. Titled Don Giovanni Unmasked, the film was produced by Rhombus Media. The film aired on PBS in the spring of 2001 and could been seen on television networks around the world and in international film festivals. A CD was recorded at the time of the release of the film and is found in countries worldwide.
Hvorostovsky retains strong musical and personal contacts with Russia. The distinguished Russian composer Georgi Sviridov wrote a song cycle, St. Petersburg, especially for Hvorostovsky, who often includes this cycle and other music by Sviridov in his recitals. He also takes an interest in Russian church music and has given numerous concerts and made a recording of this music with the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s numerous recordings include a 2 CD set of Tchaikovsky Romances; a recording of hauntingly beautiful Russian war songs titled Where Are You My Brothers?; Passione Di Napoli, a blockbuster of Neapolitan songs including such evergreen favorites as O Sole Mio and Santa Lucia, marks the first time he has ventured into this repertoire; a disc of Verdi arias, accompanied by Verdi specialist Mario Bernardi, with music that ranges from familiar operas such as Othello, Rigoletto, and Il Trovatore, to the lesser-known Stiffelio and I Masnadieri; and Moscow Nights, a third solo album of Russian folk songs, accompanied by Constantine Orbelian leading the Moscow Chamber Orchestra combined with a traditional Russian ensemble, the Style of Five. He has also recorded numerousl recital and aria discs (Russian romances, folk songs, arias, Bel Canto arias, Arie Antiche, Sviridov’s Russia Cast Adrift.) He has recorded Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Kirov Opera. Complete opera recordings include Verdi’s La Traviata with Mehta, and Don Carlos, with Haitink; Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame and Jolanta, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, with Valery Gergiev.
Photo: (c) Pavlov Antonov