Dmitri Hvorostovsky Discusses New Album, The Met's Ernani

Friday, February 24, 2012

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. 

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Comments [4]

Emmy Johnson from San Diego, CA USA

Did you know that your glorious singing saved my life? At one point my whole existence was a train wreck. I came home shattered every night, determined to empty out the Vicodin bottle and forget about living. Instead, somehow, I managed to turn on some of your CD's and you literally sang me through many, many terrible nights and helped me heal. That was two years ago. I'm still here, the bottle is still unopened, and I am one of your most ardent fans. Thank you seems inadequate. but what more can I say?

Mar. 21 2012 01:20 AM
galina kochergina from Абу-Даби

Дмитрий вы лучший!Когда я слушаю Вас я плачу.Я была на Вашем концерте в Абу-Даби и очень счастлива!Я мечтала попасть на Ваш концерт и мечта сбылась .Большое Вам спасибо .Берегите себя .Наилучших пожелания Вам и Вашим близким!

Mar. 06 2012 07:59 PM
Bo-Armand Olsson from Sweden, Karlskrona

Thank´s Dmitri for you are so much more than a baritone. Since my first CD with You in russian folksongs 1991 via Moscow nights, Your operaroles and now Rachmaninovs romances that is like a conclusion of Your artistic wonderful singing.
I wish You will sing Your song´s for ever!
Love from Bo-Armand, singer and conducter now 74!

Feb. 29 2012 03:34 AM
cecile from Santa Monica Los Angeles

Thank you Mr.Dmitri Hvorostovsky. You have a great voice and it is a real pleasure to hear it. Thank you so much. And most of all you are very handsome and have a great sense of humor, which is so rare...

Thank you.

French/italian/american Woman

Feb. 29 2012 12:11 AM

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