Following a critically-lauded performance in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s winter season launches on December 14 with a concert in the Siberian baritone’s hometown of Krasnoyarsk. Constantine Orbelian conducts the performance, as well was future concerts in Novosibirsk (December 18), Ekaterinburg (December 21), Nizhny Novgorod (January 24), Samara (January 27), and Voronezh (January 30). Beyond Russia, the pair can also be heard in the Baltic capitals of Vilnius (January 11), Riga (January 14), and Tallinn (January 16).
Dmitri is next heard in recital with Ivari Ilja at Paris’s Théâtre du Palais Royal on January 20. Both artists offer similar evenings of song throughout Germany in the month of February, with performances in Wiesbaden (February 3), Baden-Baden (February 6), Düsseldorf (February 9), and Berlin (February 12). At the end of the month, they again come together for performances in Switzerland in both Geneva (February 24) and Zurich (February 27). Prior to these performances, Dmitri appears with the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Spivakov on February 18 in Minsk. For more on Dmitri’s schedule, click here.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko Live from Red Square is now available worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray from Deutsche Grammophon. Featuring the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and the Academic Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing” led by Constantine Orbelian, the concert was performed to a crowd of 7,500 listeners in Moscow’s Red Square on June 19, 2013, and subsequently broadcast around the world.
Selections from the program of arias and duets include “Va Tosca” from Puccini’s Tosca, “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and the final duet from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. To purchase, click here.
Following Monday’s opening, Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Metropolitan Opera role debut as the title character in Verdi’s Rigoletto was met with audience and critical acclaim. Deeming his interpretation of the role “riveting,” the New York Times wrote that “he claimed this role on his own terms, infusing phrases with dusky richness and shaping melodic lines with an elegance that lent tragic stature to this oppressed and inwardly bitter character.”
Likewise, the Observer praised the Siberian baritone’s combination of “smoldering intensity, aristocratic phrasing and a compelling sense of the grotesque.
“Hvorostovsky invigorates the action with a sense of brutality that, theoretically, should be impossible in a context where beautiful singing is the primary value,” adds the New York Classical Review. “But he makes it work, projecting force, desperation, vulgarity, and delivering an impassioned ‘Cortigiani.’”
Rigoletto runs at the Metropolitan Opera through December 7.
This November, Dmitri returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto for the first time on the Met stage. As the hunchbacked court jester whose virginal daughter falls for his philandering employer, Dmitri will be transported to the flash of ‘60s-era Las Vegas in a revival of Michael Mayer’s production.
Since his U.S. debut of the work in Houston in 2001, Dmitri has earned audience and critical acclaim for his account of the heartbreaking role. “I can remember no more powerful performance of this scene in more than 30 years of reviewing” wrote the Washington Post of a previous performance.
Rigoletto opens on November 11 and runs through December 7. Pablo Heras-Casado leads the cast, which also features Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva alternating as Gilda and Matthew Polenzani as the Duke of Mantua.