The passing of legendary baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count di Luna and Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora in VerdiÕs ÒIl Trovatore.Ó Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera ÔLive in HDÕ transmission and radio broadcast: Apr. 30

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count di Luna and Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

November 22, 2017. The date of the passing of the great Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. It seems light years away now. Perhaps I am still in shock and that is what is distancing me from the heartbreak of his death. He was 55.

I bought a dvd of  Verdi’s Il Trovatore staged at The Met because it included powerhouse mezzo Delora Zajick, of whom I am a devoted follower. Renee Fleming  in her introduction to the blockbuster Opera states the great Caruso remarked that it’s easy to stage Il Trovatore — simply get the four greatest singers in the world. Another of the world’s great singers on stage with Ms Zajick that night was Dmitri Hvorostovsky. I was mesmerized.

Just listen.

And here’s a few more snippets of Hvorostovsky’s greatness.

And with the sublime Ms Fleming.

Until we meet again — Adieu, mon ami.

 

 

 

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