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Hvorostovsky will be laid to rest in Moscow

November 22, 2017 by norman lebrecht

15 comments.


The Russian baritone, who died today aged 55, will be flown to Moscow for a lying in state at Tchaikovsky Hall, followed by burial at the prestigious Novodevichy cemetery.

The funeral is likely to take place on Monday, Tass reports.


Comments (15)

  1. John Borstlap says:

    Russians still have the 19C feeling for drama, also in case of true tragedy. It is one of their redeeming features and it produces great performers.

    1. sue says:

      I still can’t believe he’s really gone. He seemed so full of life. This was very memorable:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-3dZWL9CAc

  2. CK Lau says:

    Sorry to see you go! Dear Dmitri!

  3. Nick says:

    Despite the grief we all feel at the passing of such an outstanding artist at such a relatively young age, it is fitting that he will be buried in this most beautiful and peaceful of cemeteries alongside many of Russia’s great artists, performers and writers, including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Chekhov, Ulanova, Eisenstein, David Oistrakh, Richter, Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya, Stanislavski and Chaliapin.

    1. Zelda Macnamara says:

      This will be on my list of places to visit when we go to Moscow in June. Ildar Abdrazakov called him a человек-солнце, a “sun man” and that is such a true description. The world seems an emptier place now.

      1. Maggie Wrench says:

        I want to go next year too. The world is that bit duller without Dima. I join everyone on this and other threads in expressing deep sorrow at his passing,. Love to his family. Xxx

  4. Richard Wiegold says:

    I had the honour of singing opposite Mr Hvorostovsky just once, and quite unexpectedly. I arrived at Covent Garden one afternoon to be Dr. Grenvil to another all-time great, Leo Nucci, but he had fallen ill at about 5pm. By an amazing chance, Dmitri was in town.
    His voice was insanely beautiful, like gold turned into light and then into sound. You might think so absurdly gifted a person might be arrogant or conceited (after all, he was also technically the handsomest man on the planet) – but no, he was totally charming, modest and even joyous.

  5. Kazimir says:

    Russian people REALLY appreciate art (unlike Americans) !

    1. Erlinda Brent says:

      That’s not true. American’s very much appreciate art, and, I might add, things beautiful. We may not have the legacy that Russia has. After all, we are still, technically a young country (241 years, 4 months, 21 days!) but we have produced, claimed and supported quite a few wonderful artists!

      No one could have produced another Dmitri. We love him, too.

  6. Melanie Petranovic, Australia says:

    Dear Dimitri,
    You brought such sunshine in people’s lives, with your smouldering looks and your magnificent musicality and miraculous voice – the world lost a shining human being – may you sing for your beautiful Siberia and Russia and the world with the angels! We shall miss you! May the Lord grant you peace!

  7. veneranda kreipans wilson says:

    Am heartbroken, along with thousands of his fans who loved him, by the tragic early death of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. His extraordinary voice, his warmth to his fans, is unforgettable. I was fortunate to attend his recital in Toronto, Feb. 16, 2016 and had the opportunity to give him a white rose, like the musicians did in New York. I shall never forget his warm “thank you very much” as he took the rose from my hand.
    My most sincere condolences to Florence and their children, as well as to his parents in Siberia. I am glad to know that he will be laid to rest in Moscow, the country of his birth that he loved.
    Bless you dear Dmitri, we love you always.

  8. Louise says:

    Vyechnaya Pamyat

  9. Guy Hutchinson says:

    The sad loss of one of the greatest baritones of our time and perhaps of all time is a tragedy, and especially when he had so much more to give his adoring music lovers. He will be sorely missed by all who loved his stunning voice and wonderful stage presence. He was a joy to watch and to hear his magnificent voice .

  10. Natasha Vekris says:

    Bright stars come and go and when they do they leave a huge void. Dmitri’ s exceptional voice, exotic looks and presence on stage was unmatched. He will be greatly missed. I saw him last in April/17 in Toronto in a great concert with Anna Netrebko & Yusif Eyvazov and it was a night to remember. Big loss to the operatic world, his family & those who admired him. RIP.

  11. Rod Smith says:

    I am saddened to read of Dmitri’s passing. The signs were ominous but somehow we didn’t think it would come to this, so soon. Dmitri has not made such a great name for himself here in New Zealand, as in America and Europe, having never visited. He would have taken the country by storm if he ever came here. I discovered him on Youtube and he has been top of my list for several years. Those duets with Elena Garanca, and the press conference clips, are very special. Peace Dmitri and much grace and strength to Florence and the family.


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