Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hvorostovsky in Russian Opera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
We received two emails about our Russian opera poll commenting that few people have heard some of these operas. Fortunately, companies around the world are continuing to add Russian operas to their repertory, as witnessed by The Met belatedly adding Shostokovich's "The Nose." Many companies don't venture far from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," which is too bad, as some of the most amazing music can be found in Russian opera. There is a plethora of music for low voices in this repertory and it's also an opportunity for us to show of the "Siberian Hunky" - Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Here he is in some of the less familiar repertory.

One of our favorite pieces for baritone is the underperformed aria from by the character Shaklovity in Khovanshchina:

Prince Igor's aria from the eponymously named opera:

Boris' Monologue from Boris Godunov:

Hvorostovsky is in the Ukraine right now where he is performing a series of recitals. On March 30th he will be in London to perform at a gala concert celebrating Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday. Click HERE for additional information.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post about Dmitri Hvorostovsky and once again for the recent two posts about Simon Keenlyside. you should have put here something from Simon Boccanegra that he has recently sung or his songs or something from Trovatore, as he is singing Luna in the MET in April this year :)
    as regards Simon Keenlyside: are you not able to include his Rigoletto, or Peleas, Oreste, Bily Budd ? Or Onegin:-) there isnt enough of Russian opera still.
    Of these three arias sung here in this post by Dmitri Hvorostovsky i prefer the Prince Igor aria, but all three are great, Dmitri has recorded all three arias on his CD Heroes and Villains, where are also another Russian arias and other arias such as Hamlet´s aria, Scarpia´s, Don Carlo´s from La forza del Destino and a very beautiful aria of Valentin from Gounod´s Faust.