Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s last opera?

The great Russian baritone retired from the opera stage 10 months ago as a result of brain cancer.

Next month, Delos will release what may be his final recording of a full opera.

 

 

 

From the press release: On November 10, 2017, Delos releases Rigoletto [DE 3522], a new full-length studio recording of  Verdi’s beloved opera featuring internationally acclaimed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role. Renowned conductor Constantine Orbelian leads the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Men of the Kaunas State Choir, and a distinguished cast including rising star soprano, Nadine Sierra (Gilda); tenor Francesco Demuro (Duke of Mantua); bass Andrea Mastroni, (Sparafucile); and mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova (Maddalena). The recording also credits the invaluable contribution of Artistic Consultant John Fisher. 

You can listen to an audio sample here.

 

 

 

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  • Dima’s Verdi recordings:

    Verdi, ballo in maschera, Un,
    Noseda/Crider/Sala/Blythe/Licitra/Hvorostovsky,
    2007, live in New York

    Verdi, ballo in maschera, Un,
    Noseda/Brown/Sala/Blythe/Licitra/Hvorostovsky,
    2008, live in New York

    Verdi, ballo in maschera, Un,
    Luisi/Radvanovsky/Kim-K/Blythe/Álvarez-M/Hvorostovsky,
    2012, DVD, New York

    Verdi, ballo in maschera, Un,
    Luisi/Radvanovsky/Kim-K/Zajick/Álvarez-M/Hvorostovsky,
    2012, live in New York

    Verdi, ballo in maschera, Un,
    Pappano/Monastyrska/Giordano-L/Zajick/Meli/Hvorostovsky,
    2013, live in Rome

    Verdi, ballo in maschera, Un,
    Levine/Radvanovsky/Stober/Zajick/Beczala/Hvorostovsky,
    2015, live in New York

    Verdi, ballo in maschera, Un,
    Levine/Radvanovsky/Stober/Zajick/Tamura/Hvorostovsky,
    2015, live in New York

    Verdi, Don Carlos,
    Haitink/Gorchakova/Borodina/Margison/Hvorostovsky/Scandiuzzi,
    1996, Philips

    Verdi, Don Carlos,
    Gergiev/Villarroel/Zajick/Margison/Hvorostovsky/Ramey,
    2002, live in New York

    Verdi, Don Carlos,
    Levine/Racette/Borodina/Botha/Hvorostovsky/Pape,
    2006, live in New York

    Verdi, Don Carlos,
    Maazel/Frittoli/Smirnova/Vargas/Hvorostovsky/Furlanetto-F,
    2013, live in New York

    Verdi, Don Carlos,
    Nézet-Séguin/Frittoli/Gubanova/Lee-YH/Hvorostovsky/Furlanetto-F,
    2015, live in New York, Sirius

    Verdi, Don Carlos,
    Nézet-Séguin/Frittoli/Gubanova/Tamura/Hvorostovsky/Furlanetto-F,
    2015, live in New York

    Verdi, Ernani,
    Armiliato/Meade/de Biasio/Hvorostovsky/Furlanetto-F,
    2012, live in New York

    Verdi, Ernani,
    Armiliato/Meade/Giordani/Hvorostovsky/Furlanetto-F,
    2012, DVD, New York

    Verdi, masnadieri, I,
    Downes/Delligatti/Farina/Hvorostovsky/Colombara,
    1998, live at Baden-Baden, House of Opera

    Verdi, masnadieri, I,
    Downes/Delligatti/Farina/Hvorostovsky/Pape,
    2002, live in London

    Verdi, Rigoletto,
    Downes/Siurina/Villazón/Hvorostovsky,
    2005, live in London, Premiere Opera

    Verdi, Rigoletto,
    Heras Casado/Lungu/Polenzani/Hvorostovsky,
    2013, live in New York

    Verdi, Rigoletto,
    Heras Casado/Yoncheva/Polenzani/Hvorostovsky,
    2013, live in New York

    Verdi, Rigoletto,
    Orbelian/Sierra/Demuro/Hvorostovsky,
    2017, Delos

    Verdi, Simon Boccanegra,
    Summers-P/Guryakova/Berti/Hvorostovsky/Aceto,
    2006, live in Houston, Live Opera Heaven

    Verdi, Simon Boccanegra,
    Levine/Frittoli/de Biasio/Hvorostovsky/Furlanetto-F,
    2011, live in New York

    Verdi, Simon Boccanegra,
    Levine/Frittoli/Vargas/Hvorostovsky/Furlanetto-F,
    2011, live in New York

    Verdi, Simon Boccanegra,
    Orbelian/Frittoli/Secco/Hvorostovsky/Abdrazakov,
    2014, Delos

    Verdi, traviata, La,
    Mehta/Te Kanawa/Kraus/Hvorostofsky,
    1992, Philips

    Verdi, traviata, La,
    Gergiev/Fleming/Vargas/Hvorostovsky,
    2004, live in New York, Sirius

    Verdi, traviata, La,
    Maazel/Ciofi/Saccà/Hvorostovsky,
    2004, DVD, Venice, TDK

    Verdi, traviata, La,
    Benini/Netrebko/Kaufmann/Hvorostovsky,
    2008, live in London, Celestial Audio

    Verdi, traviata, La,
    Luisi/Dessay/Polenzani/Hvorostovsky,
    2012, DVD, New York

    Verdi, traviata, La,
    Luisi/Hong/Polenzani/Hvorostovsky,
    2012, live in New York

    Verdi, trovatore, Il,
    Rizzi/Villarroel/Naef/Cura/Hvorostovsky,
    2002, DVD, London, Opus Arte

    Verdi, trovatore, Il,
    Luisotti/Radvanovsky/Blythe/Berti/Hvorostovsky,
    2009, live in San Francisco, Premiere Opera

    Verdi, trovatore, Il,
    Noseda/Radvanovsky/Zajick/Álvarez-M/Hvorostovsky,
    2009, live in New York

    Verdi, trovatore, Il,
    Rizzi/Radvanovsky/Walewska/Alagna/Hvorostovsky,
    2009, live in London, Premiere Opera

    Verdi, trovatore, Il,
    Armiliato/Radvanovsky/Zajick/Álvarez-M/Hvorostovsky,
    2011, DVD, New York, DG

    Verdi, trovatore, Il,
    Armiliato/Netrebko/Zajick/Lee-YH/Hvorostovsky,
    2015, DVD, New York, Oct 3

  • Except the world doesn’t need yet another recording of Rigoletto, does it? Oversaturated comes to mind. Besides, sadly, DH cannot possibly be expected to do justice to the role under his condition.

  • Well, maybe….. but even if it is, what a legacy he will have left us. Not just the operas but the songs – the Russian composers but also the songs of the war years and more popular folk songs, all of which turn to gold in his rendering. But he is so young to have reached the end. It makes me very sad.

    • Dimitri Hvorostovsky joins the Hall of Opera Fame with all the recordings he has made of many operas, Russian songs, Neapolitan songs . I spend hours listening to his melodic, rapturous baritone voice. What a legacy to leave.
      My prayers are with he and his family in his battle with cancer.
      Elissa Kramer

  • Would-be critics like Ungeheuer are well advised to listen to a recording before making unwarranted pronouncements about it. Just you wait ’til you hear it; I have.The recording was made summer before last — well after Dima’s 2015 diagnosis — but he remained in total command of his vocal and interpretive abilities. And even after his withdrawal from the opera stage, he continued to concertize internationally to considerable acclaim until just a few months ago.

    • Oho, so you imagine that simply by listening to this recording, you would be able to discern even half as much as Ungeheuer can without hearing a note? Oh, how deliciously naive.

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