Hvorostovsky, Dmitri Aleksandrovich

Hvorostovsky, Dmitri Aleksandrovich, 1962–2017, Russian lyric baritone, b. Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Known for his passionate and vocally mellifluous performances, broad repertoire, superb technique, and dramatic stage presence–he was tall, trim, and handsome with prematurely silver hair–he gained wide international attention when he won several international competitions (1987–89). Hvorostovsky debuted in Western Europe in 1989 in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades in Nice, France, and in the title role in Eugene Onegin, for which he became especially noted, in Italy. His American debut (1993) was at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Verdi's La Traviata. Two years later he first appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, and he sang there often during the next two decades. He became highly regarded for his performances of Verdi roles, and, in recital, focused on Russian song.

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