Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Composers

Biography

Born: October 16, 1962; Krasnoyarsk, Russia  
Known for captivating song recitals, lyrical performances of Verdi baritone roles, and, not least of all, his striking silver hair, Dmitri Hvorostovsky has enjoyed an A-list career since he emerged in the early 1990s. His brilliant, yet deceptively dark-hued voice is the embodiment of chiaroscuro, and the combination of vocal polish and emotion that he brings to his performances has made him an audience favorite.

Having grown up, studied,
Read more and debuted (as Marullo in Rigoletto) in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk, he took top honors at the 1987 Glinka National Competition, the 1988 Toulouse Singing Competition, and then the 1989 Cardiff Singer of the World competition. The last of these, in which he edged out both the meteoric Bryn Terfel and Monica Groop for the win, launched him into the spotlight and led to his western operatic debut, as Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades in Nice. The next several years brought debut recitals in London and New York, his Italian debut as Eugene Onegin at the famous La Fenice, and engagements at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Berlin State Opera. His first solo recording contract, with Philips, began in the early 1990s, as well; the artistic and commercial success of his first several CDs, and the explosion of his operatic and concert schedule around the world, sent his career into high gear.

Although he is closely identified with the roles of Eugene Onegin and Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades), Hvorostovsky's operatic repertory is centered on Italian works more so than Russian; in the early 2000s, he began to explore new Russian territory, like Prokofiev's War and Peace, but in general he feels Russian roles call for a gruffer, less lyrical voice than his. He is known best for his performances as the elder Germont in La traviata, Posa in Don Carlos, Don Giovanni, and Rossini's Figaro. However, as a recitalist, Hvorostovsky has always been intensely focused on Russian song, making moody, dramatic works of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, and Mussorgsky the centerpieces of his performances. With his longtime collaborator Mikhail Arkadiev at the piano, Hvorostovsky has established himself as one of the finest singers of that repertory anywhere in the world. The special nature of that collaboration was honored by Russian composer Georgy Sviridov in 1995, when he dedicated his vocal poem Petersburg to Hvorostovsky and Arkadiev; the two have remained champions of his music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Live from Red Square / Netrebko, Hvorostovsky
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001949809 Release Date: 11/19/2013  
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Anna Netrebko
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Russian State Academy Chorus
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    Live From Red Square Moscow / Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001949759 Release Date: 11/19/2013  
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Anna Netrebko
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Russian State Academy Chorus
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    Essential Opera Collection [19 DVDs]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6000 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi,  Daniela Dessi,  Fabio Armiliato,  Lorenzo Regazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini,  Victor Pablo Pérez,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Rizzi, Hvorostovsky, Cura, Naef
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6010 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  José Cura,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Yvonne Naef,  Verónica Villarroel
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    The Verdi Edition - 12 Great Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Peter Hoare,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Tarver  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Rizzi,  Edward Downes,  Antonio Ros-Marbá  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    40 Tracks for 40 Years - Delos Anniversary Set
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3440 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  James Earl Jones,  Charles Butler,  Marina Domashenko,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Zdenek Macal,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    In This Moonlit Night - Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Taneyev / Hvorostovsky, Ilja
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1216 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Ivari Ilja
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Armiliato, Hvorostovsky, Alvarez, Radvanovsky, Zajick
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001654909 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Dolora Zajic,  Marcelo Alvarez,  Sondra Radvanovsky,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Armiliato, Hvorostovsky, Alvarez, Radvanovsky, Zajick [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001709459 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sondra Radvanovsky,  Marcelo Alvarez,  Dolora Zajic,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Hvorostovsky In Moscow
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 7006 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Sondra Radvanovsky
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
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  • 12.
    Rachmaninov: Romances / Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1207 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Ivari Ilja
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  • 13.
    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Ozawa, Freni, Hvorostovsky, Roudenko, Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7527712 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Dennis Petersen,  Mirella Freni,  Vladimir Atlantov,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  American Boychoir
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    Anna Netrebko - Live At The Met
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001598702 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Ekaterina Sementchuk,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Juan Diego Flórez  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers,  Valery Gergiev,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Maurizio Benini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Opera! - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Chailly, Bychkov
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001572602 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Giuseppe Giacomini,  Marta Senn,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: 5 Operas / Gergiev, Kirov Opera Orchestra [11-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546102 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Marina Shaguch,  Alexandr Gergalov,  Larissa Diadkova,  Alexandr Morozov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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  • 17.
    Verdi: La Traviata / Maazel, Ciofi, Sacca, Hvorostovsky, La Fenice
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107227 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Roberto Saccà,  Patrizia Ciofi
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Verdi Opera Scenes / Orbelian, Hvorostovsky, Radvanovsky
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3403 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Sondra Radvanovsky
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
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  • 19.
    Renee Fleming And Dmitri Hvorostovsky In St. Petersburg
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 0743383 Release Date: 02/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Medtner  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Ivari Ilja,  Olga Kern
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
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  • 20.
    A Musical Odyssey In St. Petersburg / Renee Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001464709 Release Date: 09/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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  • 21.
    Little Odessa - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446391 Release Date: 08/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Boris Kravchenko,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gyorgy Sviridov,  Shlomo Carlebach  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Patterson,  Vladimir Mostowoy,  Olga Borodina,  Alla Bajanova  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev,  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir,  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Arie Antiche / Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456543 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Caldara,  Pietro Antonio Cesti  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Kenneth Sillito,  Malcolm Latchem,  Elizabeth Kenny
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 23.
    Pushkin Romances / Hvorostovsky, Ilja
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3392 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Ivari Ilja,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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  • 24.
    You Cannot Start Without Me - Valery Gergiev
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: BAC053 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Yefim Bronfman,  Renée Fleming,  Leonidas Kavakos  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Opera Exclusive - Giuseppe Verdi
    Label: Tdk   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Tiziana Tramonti,  Roberto Iuliano,  Sylvie Valayre,  Enrico Giuseppe Iori  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti,  Zubin Mehta,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Parma Teatro Regio Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus  ... 
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