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Verdi: Rigoletto / Hvorostovsky

Release Date: 11/10/2017 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3522  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Andrea MastroniDmitri HvorostovskyFrancesco DemuroNadine Sierra,   ... 
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas State ChoirKaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giuseppe Verdi may have written his most glamorous and heroic roles for tenors, but he often assigned his more psychologically complex and conflicted character portrayals to baritones- and Rigoletto is just such a role: perhaps the greatest baritone role ever written. It demands not only a magnificent voice, but also a supremely gifted actor who is able to convey a broad range of emotions, human qualities, and inner subtleties. Enter universally beloved Dmitri Hvorostovsky: a prolific Delos artist and supreme Verdi baritone. The resplendent beauty and incomparable versatility of his voice is matched only by the depth of his interpretive soul. In this- Dmitri’s first ever (and long-awaited) complete recording of Rigoletto- he performs the Read more title role magnificently, along with an all-star supporting cast. Choral-orchestral splendor comes courtesy of renowned maestro Constantine Orbelian, his Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, and the men of the Kaunas State Choir.



Fans of the Russian baritone have a chance to hear him sing the entire role of the tragic jester with the release of his first complete recording of Verdi’s opera — made in July 2016 — that shows him in close-to-prime form.

Rigoletto is a touchstone role for a baritone, and Hvorostovsky has sung it live. Though his voice is not of the immense size associated with some great Verdi baritones of the past, he makes a splendid impact here. His very first utterance, mocking the cuckolded Count Ceprano, comes with a snarl that deliberately coarsens his trademark silken sound. It’s not until the next scene, in his tender duet with his daughter, Gilda, that the burnished tones we normally associate with Hvorostovsky emerge. The rest of the cast is first-rate, without overshadowing the main attraction.

– Associated Press (Mike Silverman) Read less

Works on This Recording

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Andrea Mastroni (Bass), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Francesco Demuro (Tenor),
Nadine Sierra (Soprano), Oksana Volkova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas State Choir,  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 a good remembrance  December 23, 2017 By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA) See All My Reviews "As a memento of Hvorostovsky, this is a fine issue. But as a gripping performance of Rigoletto, it doesn't really make it. For that The Callas recording still reigns supreme, trailed by a few others mostly from the 50s as well, Warren, Taddei. If you want great sound as well as fine singing, Sinopoli or Levine deliver more punch than this issue. That said, Hvorostovsky's few full opera recordings, and those of scenes with Radvanovsky, are certainly worth adding to one's collection." Report Abuse
 Un vrai tresor December 7, 2017 By Diana Bryant-Friedman See All My Reviews "Merci pour un tresor que je vais cherir toute ma vie." Report Abuse
 Dimitri Hvorostovsky  October 27, 2017 By Anna-Karin Johansson See All My Reviews "Wien i have listened" Report Abuse
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