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.
And here’s a few more snippets of Hvorostovsky’s greatness.
And with the sublime Ms Fleming.
Until we meet again — Adieu, mon ami.