Thursday, 22 September 2011

I'm back

So... summer ends and new seasons start in opera theaters from the whole world.

Also our beloved singers come back after sometimes months of absence... as did our Dmitri Hvorostovsky :)
He enjoyed summer and after a terrible cross over concert in Jurmala for "New Wave Festival"...

... on 30th of July he was Special Guest in Bratislava for the VivaMusica! Festival ( here the commercial for him!!! )

And he sang there a program made form arias in the first part, and russian songs in the second one...
before the concert he took part on a long press conference and on the internet all reviews and videos about this can be found..
In the meanwhile theatres reopened and as from Schedule Dmitri took part in the revival of McVicar's "Faust" production. Almost all the cast changed from the 2004 Faust, only Angela Georghiu remained as Marguerite.
The result was this amount of magnificent reviews ...

review from "Express"   ("  Except, perhaps, by a baritone of the class of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, whose magnificent crop of silver hair only adds to his imposing stage presence. Whether acting the part of the hunchback in Rigoletto or
playing the role of the noble soldier Valentin in Faust, his physical combination of grace and power, added to a sublimely beautiful voicemake him one of the most impressive sights on the opera stage today. ")                        

review from " The Independent" (" No such issues with Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Valentin – expensive casting but value for money and then some in the resolutely long lines of his showstopping aria.")

review from " Opera-Britannia"  (" There are insufficient alternative words for ‘elegant’ in the thesaurus to properly describe Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s voice. His aristocratic, velvety baritone is a thing of rare beauty and though his Valentin seemed even colder and more implacable than usual I found my eyes welling up during his powerfully moving death scene. His “Avant de quitter ces lieux” displayed his almost super-human breath control and resplendent legato line to perfection.")                                               

review from "the art desk" ("In Dmitri Hvorostovsky's eminently eligible Valentin (pictured below), we got some of the most gloriously silken sounds of the night, as befits a Christian soldier. His passionately shaped rendition of "O Sainte Medaille" was rapturously received and had us wondering whether Mephistopheles and Faust hadn't perhaps met their match in this dashing war hero.")

review from Financial Times  ("  Dmitri Hvorostovsky gives Valentin everything he has and, though the aria lacked Gallic grace, his singing carried quite a punch. ")                                                  

review from "musical criticism"  (" "Having the Valentin of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, meanwhile, adds a whole new dimension to the drama. The Russian baritone commands the stage at each appearance, giving tragic gravity to Marguerite's usually dull brother. His aria, 'Avant de quitter ces lieux', was despatched with swaggering confidence, while his death scene was unusually powerful.")

review from " Telegraph"   ("And Dmitri Hvorostovsky will also ranks with the legends: his Valentin was marked by impeccable technical control and a gripping death scene.")                                                       

review from " The Guardian"( ‎'Hvorostovsky, powering his way through Avant de Quitter Ces Lieux, is simply outstanding.')

review from "bachtrack" ("In the smaller role of Valentin, Dmitri Hvorostovsky displayed delightful richness of tone and control of line.")                                                             

 review from " The stage" ("Where the individual performers strike home are in Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s thrillingly sung and finely acted Valentin - his breath control amazing, the small cadenza he adds to “Avant de quitter ces lieux” a distinctive personal touch")

review from "Standard" (     ‎"When Hvorostovsky stepped up to deliver his big Act 2 number, Avant de quitter, there was a palpable sense of competition in the air, not inappropriately in the context of McVicar's vigorously physical, theatrical staging (in Lee Blakeley's alert revival). His barnstorming conclusion was an unashamed, arms-lifted appeal to the gallery.")                                                         

 review from "Intermezzo" ( "can't imagine anyone handling the thankless role of Valentin more adeptly than Dmitri Hvorostovsky, noble and rousing and endless of breath." ) and pictures from the backstage and reharsal... 

and other beautiful pictures ...

from the perfomance:

the curtain calls:

and the afterparty:

So... this is a must see show: and it is broadcasted live in cinemas on the 28th of September 2011... (cinema broadcasting of faust)... but also on the radio... on the 24th of september 2011... stay tuned on BBC3 at 18:45 ( GMT--- Greenwich Time).

I'll be back with a review about the radio Broadcasting...

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