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Bizet: Carmen (opera) - 'Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre' (Toreador Song)
by Dmitri Hvorostovsky, with BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra & BBC Singers
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962 to 2017) was a Russian operatic baritone singer. Dmitri Aleksandrovich Hvorostovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, on October 16th 1962, during a time when the city was mostly closed to foreigners. An only child, he was raised mainly by his grandmother and a war veteran grandfather, with his parents occupied heavily by important careers. He studied at the Krasnoyarsk School of Arts under Yekaterina Yofel, and made his debut at Krasnoyarsk Opera House in the role of 'Marullo' in "Rigoletto". Hvorostovsky won First Prize at both the Russian Glinka Competition in 1987 and the Toulouse Singing Competition in 1988. He first came to international prominence in 1989 when he won the "BBC Cardiff Singer of the World" competition, beating local favourite Bryn Terfel in the final round. His performance included Handel's "Ombra mai fu" plus "Per me giunto...O Carlo ascolta", the latter from Verdi's "Don Carlos". He then undertook international concert recitals, with his operatic debut in the West coming at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades" (1989). In Italy, Hvorostovsky made his debut at La Fenice as Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" (he became especially renowned for his portrayal of that particular character). This success quickly enhanced his reputation, and his maiden American operatic debut was with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (1993) in "La traviata" (he had made his Covent Garden debut in London in 1992 as 'Riccardo' in Bellini's "I puritani"). He subsequently sang at virtually every major opera house around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera (debut 1995), the Berlin State Opera, La Scala and the Vienna State Opera. In later years, Hvorostovsky's stage repertoire almost entirely consisted of Verdi operas such as "Un ballo in maschera", "La traviata" and "Simon Boccanegra", and in 2009 he appeared in a David McVicar production of "Il trovatore" at the Metropolitan Opera with Sondra Radvanovsky. In June 2015 however, he announced that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, though he did carry on working after an initial course of treatment. Dmitri Hvorostovsky died from his condition in London, England, on November 22nd 2017, aged 55. Married twice, he leaves two sons and two daughters.
Posted: 26th December 2017
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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