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Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Baritone

Biography

Dmitri Hvorostovsky in action.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Faust, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2011

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky made his Royal Opera debut in 1992 as Riccardo (I Puritani). His many roles since for The Royal Opera have included Eugene Onegin, Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Francesco (I masnadieri), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Silvio (Pagliacci), Rigoletto, Renato (v) and Valentin (Faust). In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Renato.

Hvorostovsky was born in Siberia. He played in a rock band aged 14–16 and went on to study singing at the Krasnoyarsk School of Arts. He made his professional debut as Marullo (Rigoletto) at the Krasnoyarsk Opera House, and went on to win first prize at both the Russian Glinka Competition in 1987 and the Toulouse Singing Competition in 1988. He came to international prominence the following year as the winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and has since performed for the world’s major opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra and Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to the Russian repertory, he specializes in Verdi roles, ranging from Don Carlo (Ernani) to Iago (Otello).

Hvorostosvky also appears regularly in concert, and has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Yuri Temirkanov and in recital with pianist Ivari Ilja. His work in his native Russia includes his own recital series, and a collaboration with composer Igor Krutoi. His recent recordings include two CDs of Russian songs, a DVD of Il trovatore and a DVD with Renée Fleming. In his spare time, Hvorostovsky is an avid collector of records.

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