Russian Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky stopped by the WQXR studios to chat with host Naomi Lewin. Hvorostovsky is currently singing the role of Don Carlo in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani.
A live broadcast of that production will air at 1 pm this Saturday, Feb. 25.
Hvorostovsky was born in Siberia and he came to fame in 1989, when he beat out Bryn Terfel to win the Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, Wales. Since then, Hvorostovsky debuted at the Met and has gone on to perform in opera houses all over the world; he's particularly known for singing Verdi.
A Baritone who loves playing a villain, Hvorostovsky discusses his tricks for singing in Met HD Broadcasts, rarely needing to wear wigs, as well as his collaborations with Soprano Sandra Radvanovsky in Moscow's Hvorostovsky and Friends series.
He chats about his new album, Rachmaninov Romances, released in January 2012 on Ondine Records. The record features heart-wrenching solo arias sung in Russian as well as his trademark song, In the Silence of the Mysterious Night, with piano accompaniment by Ivari Ilja.