Friday, November 24, 2017

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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The great baritone Dmiti Hvorostovsky died on November 21 at 55. He had announced in 2015 that he was being treated for brain cancer. He was able to make some opera and recital appearances after that, but the tumor affected his balance and that made opera much more difficult for him.

He appeared at San Francisco Opera six times, and I saw all of them, from 1996's Barbiere (Figaro) to the most recent staging of Il Trovatore (di Luna). I'm sorry that the only Russian role I saw him in was in The Tsar's Bride. I'm sure he was a fabulous Prince Andrew in War and Peace and Onegin, in the eponymous opera.

He had a most beautiful voice, perhaps a bit on the light side for Verdi, but he made those roles work for him anyway. RIP, and condolences to his family and loved ones.

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