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Armenia is a sacred place for me: Dmitri Hvorostovsky

21:00, 28 September, 2013

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 28, ARMENPRESS. Russian popular baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky will give a concert with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra within the framework of the festival "Yeravan Perspectives". Conductor Konstantion Orbelyan Junior will lead the orchestra during this exclusive concert. The works by Verdi, Belini, Wagner, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Bizet, Dunaevski, Pakhmutova, as well as Armenian composers Khachaturyan, Orbelyan and Babajanyan will be performed during the concert. Konstantin Orbelyan, who celebrates his 85th birthday this year, will be present at the concert. The maestro will perform the work "The Noise of the Birches."

As reports `Armenpress" Dmitri Hvorostovski underscored: "I'm very glad to visit Armenia again. 7 years ago I was in Armenia for the first time. I liked your land very much. I have a number of Armenian friends all over the world. Your country is a sacred place for me. I am very happy that I'll give a concert together with the wonderful orchestra and my friend Konstantin Orbelyan. We've crossed this planet together for a couple of times. I arrived inArmenia a few hours ago and started rehearsing at once. I see that it's very beautiful, clean and sunny in here. The people are very nice.

We come from Moscow, where the weather is nasty: it's very cold there, and here the sun is shining and it's very hot." Internationally acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. In 1989, he won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. From the start, audiences were bowled over by his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, his career exploded to take in regular engagements at the world's major opera houses and appearances at renowned international festivals, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Vienna State Opera, and the Chicago Lyric Opera.

A celebrated recitalist in demand in every corner of the globe--from the Far East to the Middle East, from Australia to South America-- Hvorostovsky has appeared at such venues as Wigmore Hall, London; Queen's Hall, Edinburgh; Carnegie Hall, New York; the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow; the Liceu, Barcelona; the Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and the Musikverein, Vienna. The singer regularly performs in concert with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and conductors, including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Termikanov and Valery Gergiev.

Dmitri retains a strong musical and personal contact with Russia. He became the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus on Red Square in Moscow; this concert was televised in over 25 countries. Dmitri has gone on to sing a number of prestigious concerts in Moscow as a part of his own special series, `Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends'. He has invited such celebrated artists as Renee Fleming, Sumi Jo and Sondra Radvonosky. In 2005 he gave an historic tour throughout the cities of Russia at the invitation of President Putin, singing to crowds of hundreds of thousands of people to commemorate the soldiers of the Second World War. Dmitri now tours the cities of Russia and Eastern Europe on an annual basis.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky's extensive discography spans recitals and complete operas. He has also starred in Don Giovanni Unmasked, an award-winning film (by Rhombus Media) based on the Mozart opera, tackling the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello. Future events include Dmitri appearing at the MET, Covent Garden and Vienna opera houses.

Forthcoming releases include a DVD starring Dmitri alongside Renee Fleming in a film set in St Petersburg and two new solo CDs; Tchaikovsky Songs and Songs on texts by Pushkin.

Recently Dmitri has established a new collaboration with the Russian popular composer Igor Krutoi, with very successful concerts in Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev.

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