Dmitri Hvorostovsky at Carnegie Hall

Dmitri HvorostovskyWe attended the Hvorostovsky recital at Carnegie Hall this past Wednesday, February 17th. Hvorostovsky is generally considered one of the leading baritones in the world.

A native Siberian who now resides, we believe, in London announced last fall that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. In order to receive treatment he canceled much of his fall schedule, but did appear at the Met in “Il Trovatore,” with his fellow countrywoman – Anna Netrebko. We were fortunate enough to have tickets for the last of his performances in the Verdi staple, and it proved to be one of the most memorable evenings we’ve ever had at The Met. The entire cast was superb and whether our concerns for his health or just wonderful vocalization, it proved to be one of our most memorable Met performances, and like many we feared it might be his last.

Thus, we were thrilled to see that his scheduled February 17th Carnegie Hall concert would take place. The audience greeted Hvorostovsky with sustained applause and he, in turn, was clearly moved. His selection of songs by Glinka, Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Straus, seemed to be chosen with his circumstances in mind. He sang beautifully, even if at times he seemed somewhat unstable, holding the piano for support. At the close of the concert he received one of the most enthusiastic standing ovations we’ve seen in years. He deserved it, and while clearly somewhat drained by the evening responded with to lovely encores – the final one unaccompanied.

We headed over to Trattoria Dell’Arte after the concert, and we were both surprised and thrilled to see a large table that included – among others – Renee Fleming and Hvorostovsky’s wife and children, all of whom had attended the concert, waiting for him. The restaurant applauded him when he in turn arrived. It was an unforgettable evening.

Martin McKerrow

One Response to “Dmitri Hvorostovsky at Carnegie Hall”

  1. Martin: thank you so much for this. I don’t know how you got the curtain call, but it was thrilling to watch. What a talent he is, and how amazing that he can still perform
    Lois Horgan

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