The 2013-14 International Artist Series closes with acclaimed Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who last performed for The Schubert Club in 1999. Hvorostovsky won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1989. From the start, audiences were bowled over by his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, his career exploded to take in regular engagements at the world’s major opera houses and appearances at renowned international festivals. A particularly dedicated and persuasive exponent of the Russian song repertory, Hvorostovsky is a celebrated recitalist in demand in every corner of the globe. Hvorostovsky has appeared at such venues as Wigmore Hall, London; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh; Carnegie Hall, New York; the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow; the Liceu, Barcelona; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and the Musikverein, Vienna. Hvorostovsky retains a strong musical and personal contact with Russia. He became the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus on Red Square in Moscow; a concert televised in over 25 countries.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dimitri HvorostovskyInternationally acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. In 1989, he won the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. From the start, audiences were bowled over by his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, his career exploded to take in regular engagements at the world’s major opera houses and appearances at renowned international festivals, including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Salzburg Festival, La Scala Milan, Vienna State Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera.

A celebrated recitalist in demand in every corner of the globe–from the Far East to the Middle East, from Australia to South America – Dmitri has appeared at such venues as Wigmore Hall, London; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh; Carnegie Hall, New York; the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow; the Liceu, Barcelona; the Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and the Musikverein, Vienna. The singer performs in concert with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and conductors, including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Termikanov and Valery Gergiev.

Dmitri retains a strong musical and personal contact with Russia. He became the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus on Red Square in Moscow; this concert was televised in over 25 countries. Dmitri has gone on to sing a number of prestigious concerts in Moscow as a part of his own special series, ‘Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends’. He has invited such celebrated artists as Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Marcello Giordani, Sumi Jo and Sondra Radvanovsky. In 2005 he gave an historic tour throughout the cities of Russia at the invitation of President Putin, singing to crowds of hundreds of thousands of people to commemorate the soldiers of the Second World War. Dmitri now tours the cities of Russia and Eastern Europe on an annual basis.

Dmitri’s extensive discography spans recitals and complete operas. He has also starred in Don Giovanni Unmasked, an award-winning film (by Rhombus Media) based on the Mozart opera, tackling the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello.

Recently Dmitri has established a new collaboration with the Russian popular composer Igor Krutoi, with very successful concerts in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev and New York.

Recent recordings include a solo CD of Rachmaninov Romances (with pianist Ivari Ilja); a DVD starring Dmitri alongside Renee Fleming in a film set in St Petersburg and a CD/DVD recording of Verdi Opera Scenes with and the Philharmonia of Russia conducted by Constatine Orbelian; all have been met with much critical acclaim.

The 2012-13 season will include appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Vienna Staatsoper, Santa Cecilia Rome, Arena di Verona and Teatro Regio Turin; various concerts and recitals in Europe and Russia (including a ‘Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends’ series in St Petersburg and Moscow) and further CD releases on Ondine Records.

Date

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:30pm
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

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Program

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Tshaikovsky ~21min
Na son gryadushi (At bedtime) Op.27 No.1
Nochi bezumnie (Frenzied Nights) Op.60 No.6
Solovey (Nightingale) Op.60 No.4
Blagoslavlyayu vas, lesa (I Bless you, Forests) Op.47 No.5
Serenada Don Zhuana (Don Juan’s Serenade) Op.38 No.1

Medtner ~12min
Ya perezhil svoi zhelania (Gone are My Heart’s Desires, Op 3 No 2)
Mechtatelju (To a Dreamer, Op 32 No 6)
Nochnaja pesn strannika (The Wanderer’s Night Song, Op 6 No 1)
Zimnij vecher (Winter’s Evening, Op 13 No 1)

Liszt ~14min
Tre sonetti di Petrarca, S 280:
        1. “Pace non trovo”
2. “Benedetto sia ‘l giorno”
3. “I vidi in terra”

Rachmaninov ~17min
Voskreshenije Lazarja (The raising of Lazarus) Op.34 No.6
Siren’ (Lilacs) Op.21 No.5
Ne ver mne, drug Op. 14 No. 7
Ne poi krasavitza pri mne (Do Not Sing, My Beauty)
Ja zhdu tebja (I am waiting for you) Op.14 No.1

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One of the most remarkable international vocal careers of recent years. His voice is redolent of luxury: beautiful tone, pinpoint intonation, elegant, and impassioned delivery.

New York Times