“Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Brain Tumor Gone and Cancer-Free, to Sing at Helikon Opera in November,” reads the headline of an article that in no way states that the baritone is cancer-free or that his brain tumor is “gone.”
“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement: a performance of Verdi’s 1853 spellbinder to rank with one’s rosiest recollections of past glories, in combination with a poignant human story that left both cast and audience dissolved in tears.” [New York Observer]
Earlier this year when the Met announced its 2015-16 season, the fall revival of Verdi’s Il Trovatore looked pretty routine– except the first US Leonoras of reigning diva Anna Netrebko. Few would have predicted that Friday night’s prima would turn out to be one of the most thrilling—and moving–performances heard at the house in many a season. Read more »
Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Met this season, on October 7, 10, and 17.
“Oh to be young and going to Paris for the first time,” exclaimed an elderly gentleman who donned his best sweatervest for a concert at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival this past August.
Luxuriantly maned divos Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Roberto Alagna rehearse Otello.
The Met’s performance of Don Carlo Friday night was a tragedy, but not for the reason Verdi intended.
Putting in a little face time (and what faces!) at Charles Castronovo‘s cabaret at 54 Below last night were barihunk trifecta Erwin Schrott, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ildar Abdrazakov.
La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”