Sunday Morning Opera: Dmitri on Tour in the US


Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 10.53.53 AMTranslated via Microsoft from Classical Music News, Russia

“…Opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky begins tour of North America, which will give three solo performances together with Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja. The first concert will take place Wednesday in the main hall (Stern Auditorium), New York’s Carnegie Hall.

21 February Hvorostovsky perform in Corner Hall in Toronto (Canada), and five days later, on February 26, the Duo “Star” singer and pianist will appear on stage at the Chicago Lyric Opera. In the tour program-works and romances of Mikhail Glinka, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, as well as five songs by Richard Strauss.

“I would like to say that, looking forward to our meeting in the United States, singer-to his American fans in a special video, recorded them in English at the end of January. -My first performance will take place January 17 at New York’s Carnegie Hall Concert Hall. And then I will speak in Chicago and Toronto. I’m really looking forward to this moment, come to see me. I also want to thank you for your support, kind thoughts and positive emotions, I feel, believe me. ” “I feel much better and really looking forward to our meeting”,

Most Hvorostovsky still waiting for New York. It was here in September last year at the Metropolitan Opera took place on his triumphant return to his professional career after the first course of treatment for a serious illness is a brain tumor. Then famed baritone sang the role of count di Luna from the Opera Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verde along with opera diva Anna Netrebko. The singer’s first appearance after the enforced break the audience gave unprecedented applause, and they threw under the feet of the Executive rastrogannomu white roses. Few people knew how difficult it was to him that statement. In an interview with rossiyskaya Gazeta, Dmitry confessed:

“Coming in September in New York, the work at the Metropolitan Opera on” Troubadour “by Verdi, on the one hand, it has become possible. On the other hand, was very difficult, because sometimes at rehearsals I was ill: shaking and obviously. But nevertheless, I haven’t been canceled and did not change in “.

NY Times
NY Times

Then due to the well-being, not all “American” Dmitri managed to fulfill. It was assumed that in the first half of February he again will perform with count di Luna at the Metropolitan Opera. However, there is a need to pass a second course of treatment. Hvorostovsky has canceled performances in New York, and he was replaced by opera singer Juan Rodriguez.

Since the beginning of January, Hvorostovsky began the second stage of tumor in the brain. British clinic he underwent a course of chemotherapy, which should finally kill cancer cells in the body. Fortunately, treatment has yielded positive results.

“I have a fighting Spirit. February, I hope will be the final month of my medical procedures and suffering due to chemotherapy, “says Hvorostovsky. -Continue to start another new life. That’s when I otorvus′. Or everything will be completely different, who knows. I do not zagadyvaû “.

According to experts and listeners, who managed to visit the recent concerts Hvorostovsky, velvety voice the singer has not affected by treatment, and outwardly musician looks like luxuriously “as before.

Diagnosis of the singer was delivered in early summer last year. In America the musician made a puncture, but treated it returned to Britain, where he lives in recent years.

“As soon as I learned about the diagnosis, in me immediately if the bomb exploded,” recalled Hvorostovsky. -Thought, for that I am so punished that I committed? But immediately rebuffed the question as stupid and unnecessary. What happened no patterns, no explanation “.

According to singer, the great support he feels from his family-his wife Florence and the parents who love him as a little boy “. And yet he delivered from the main diseases: “Throughout his life, I used to look only forward, without turning back. What does not kill us makes us stronger, now I know. “

As a correspondent of TASS confessed at Carnegie Hall, American public eagerly awaits the return of the famous Russian singer on stage in New York. “He is one of the most exciting singers of our time. Whether it is Russian music, Arias by Verdi, or classical works, his velvet baritone and ability to stay on the stage simply fascinate “,Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born October 16, 1962 year, graduated from the Krasnoyarsk pedagogical school and Krasnoyarsk Art Institute, he worked as a soloist of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet. In 1989 year won the international contest for opera singers in Cardiff, after which he became known throughout the world. Performed at Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, on the stages of La Scala, Mariinsky Theatre and other most prestigious opera houses. Recorded more than 40 CDs. Is the laureate of the State Prize of the RUSSIAN SFSR in the field of musical art…”