Bryn Terfel responds to Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s death

November 23, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The Welsh baritone, rehearsing Falstaff with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, tweets this morning:

RIP. To the king of the 1989 Cardiff singer of the world. He certainly inspired us all to pull our socks up. Confident, crazy, talented, caring man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Bryn was the red-hot favourite to win in Cardiff when he was upstaged by the Siberian outsider.

Over the next 28 years, there were no hard feelings.

Read more tributes from singers here.

Read also: What we have lost in Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Comments (12)

  1. Cynical Bystander says:

    The ‘Times’ obituary this morning is a particularly sour faced hatchet job. The old adage that if you have nothing good to say better say nothing at all springs to mind.

    1. Lawrence Kershaw says:

      I couldn’t agree more and have already commented so and written a letter of complaint. Just when one thought that rag could slip no further into the tabloid merde.

      1. Edgar says:

        Murdoch gutter press. What else to ecpect. Best to ignore all of it.

    2. Theodore McGuiver says:

      Is there any way to read it? I’m not a subscriber.

    3. Nik says:

      “described as the Elvis of opera” Oh yeah? By whom, exactly? Tossers

  2. Olassus says:

    Want to see something really annoying?

    Above is today’s main web page at the Met. As tribute, it has two clips of Dima in “loving tribute” to his 180-performance, 22-year career at that house.

    The first is from Onegin.

    The second showcases Peter Gelb in all his sanctimony, acclaiming Dima’s “bravery,” before presenting the singer in diminished and impaired form.

    That’s it. That’s the tribute.

    1. Colin U says:

      Gelb is a pompous ass. We were at a stirring performance of the Verdi Requiem last night at the Met. The four performances are dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. But no one said a word on stage before it began, and most everyone was expecting someone to say something. There was a blow-in sheet of paper in the program, picturing Dmitri in his last run of Trovatores at the Met with the words “In Loving Memory, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 1962-2017.”

  3. Nik says:

    And, lest we forget, THIS is how you win a competition:

    1. Bruce says:

      Holy shit that’s good.

      1. Nik says:

        I know, right?

    2. Ayla Blanca says:

      And this is him singing the same aria, years later.

      Both versions are absolutely beautiful. The obits say more about their authors. Thank goodness for technology and the video clips all over Youtube. I am so sorry that I won’t hear him live again. RIP and thank you.

  4. Mike D Roberts says:

    What a voice, truly a grande maestro. A great loss to opera and to the world. RIP.

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