Lest we forget: Hvorostovsky’s winning aria

This was the Russian baritone’s breakthrough moment at the finals of the 1989 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Irresistible. And not quite 27 years old.

What we lost in Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

And a new video, released this weekend by the ROH:

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  • In the Faust video the similarities in sound between DH and Jonas Kaufmann are striking. At least the former knew who and what he was and branded himself accordingly.

  • I watched the Cardiff Singer 1989 live on TV and I almost fell off my chair when I heard him. Only 26, and everything already in place. And what heights he went on to scale. Oh we have lost such a wonderful singer and such a generous and gracious individual.

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