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Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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The internationally acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, and studied in Krasnoyarsk. He made his western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, and his career rapidly expanded to include regular engagements at all major opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, the Berlin State Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Chicago Lyric Opera and the Kirov Opera, St Petersburg, in addition to appearances at the Salzburg Festival as the Count in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and in the title role in a new production of Don Giovanni. His most notable roles include Onegin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Figaro in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Posa in Verdi's Don Carlos, Germont père in La Traviata, and Francesco in I Masnadieri.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has given many recitals, to great acclaim, in most major international recital venues, including the Wigmore Hall, London, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Carnegie Hall, New York, the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow, the Liceu, Barcelona, the Cultural Centre, Hong Kong and the Musikverein, Vienna. He has also given recitals in Seoul, Oslo, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Australia, South America and the Far East.

He appears regularly in concert with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and conductors with whom he has worked include Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zubin Mehta and Valery Gergiev.

He retains strong musical and personal contacts with Russia. The distinguished Russian composer Georgi Sviridov wrote a song cycle, St Petersburg, especially for Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who often includes this cycle and other music by Sviridov in his recitals. He also takes an interest in Russian church music and has given numerous concerts and made a recording of this music with the St Petersburg Chamber Choir.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky's numerous recordings include several recital and aria discs (Russian romances, folk songs, arias, Bel Canto arias, Arie antiche, Sviridov's Russia cast adrift) He has recorded Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death with Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Kirov Opera. Complete opera recordings include Verdi's La Traviata, with Mehta, and Don Carlos, with Haitink; Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame and Iolanta, and Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride, with Valery Gergiev. He has also starred in Leporello, a film (by Rhombus Media) based on Mozart's Don Giovanni, released in the autumn of 2000.

Future plans include Rigoletto in Houston, Don Carlo and War and Peace at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Il trovatore and I masnadieri at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

July 2001

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