Monday, April 18, 2011

Hvorostovsky in HD

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count di Luna
One of our great regrets at Barihunks is that there aren't more opportunities to post from Verdi's operas. Other than Attila there are very few Verdi roles that are naturally barihunk roles. We like the trend in many opera houses of casting younger singers as Germont père, which is more age appropriate, as Germont's father was probably in his 40s or 50s and not in his 70s like he's often portrayed. Also, we love the idea of a younger, sexy Iago, because we find opera "bad boys" kind of hot. 

It's nice to see singers some of the greatest barihunks tackling more Verdi roles. Simon Keenlyside and Dmitri Hvorstovsky seem to be leading the pack. Keenlyside has performances of Macbeth and Germont père coming up in London. Hvorostovksy has performances of Don Carlos in Tokyo and Ernani and Germont père at The Met.

Here is Keenlyside singing the aria "Pietà, rispetto, amore" from Verdi's Macbeth:

Anyone who can't attend his performance of the Count di Luna in Verdi's Il Trovatore at The Met will now be able to watch it live in movie theaters on April 30 at 1pm EDT.10 AM PST. The performances are part of the The Met: Live in HD series and the cast includes Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick and Marcelo Álvarez.  Encore presentations will be given at movie theaters in the U.S. on May 18 and in Canada on June 4 and July 18. The April 30 performance will also be broadcast live on radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. Click HERE for information about performances in the U.S. and Canada. 

Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing Di Luna's cavatina "Il balen del suo sorriso":


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  1. i can´t wait to see the hd trovatore. or at least read some reviews of the first Trovatore yesterday.
    where is it possible to read the results of your polls in the past?

  2. I saw the HD Il Trovatore, and I could not feel any animosity for the Count Di Luna, because it was Dmitri playing it. In fact, I felt really bad for him.