The silver-haired Siberian with a golden voice, Dmitri Hvorostovsky (* 1962) is a singer with a rare, superb versatility. His career, which at first was bound by the USSR borders, hit the world stage in 1989 when he won the BBC Singer of the World contest in Cardiff – taking advantage of the disarray of the Soviet dictatorship, which allowed him to travel and perform all over the world with ease. And the world didn't need asking twice: very soon he was getting invitations from the most prestigious stages in the world, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Berlin Opera, la Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London, Vienna's Staatsoper, the Bastille Opera, and the Salzburg Festival to name but a few, alongside prestigious partners like Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming, Roberto Alagna, Ramón Vargas, Jonas Kaufmann or Anna Netrebko. As for his favourite repertoire? His "light heavyweight" baritone, fluid, airy and yet incisive, allowed him to master Verdi's great roles – Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera , La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Le Trouvère etc., as well as all the staple Mozart pieces, without forgetting the all-important Eugene Onegin - he has often taken on the title role with unequalled enthusiasm. No less at ease on the recital stage, he deftly navigates the German Lied and French melody, while keeping a clear affinity for Russian romance, and he is also partial to making the odd foray into lighter or more traditional Russian song. Over the last few years, Hvorostovsky has let his career take a back seat following his recovery from a brain tumour: a few shows have been cancelled, while others have gone on. And at those shows which he didn’t have to cancel, the emotion of the public - and the artist - has been all the greater. © MT/Qobuz
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