On Sunday 18 March at 7.30pm, The Royal Opera will present a concert in memory of the beloved Dmitri Hvorostovsky. This is an entirely staff driven initiative, as Dmitri, along with his wife Florence, always showed great generosity to those working backstage as well as to his fellow colleagues on stage. He gave the ROH, which he considered his home company, many extraordinary performances over the years.
Several of Dmitri’s international performer friends will join the Royal Opera Chorus, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and conductor Antonio Pappano for this event. They will be supported by Stage Management, Technical Crew, Make-up artists, Dressers, Music Staff and Artistic Administration, all of whom will be giving their services in kind. Askonas Holt will be providing some logistical support, and a personal friend of his will be compere for the evening.
The Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962–2017) was one of the most remarkable and beloved artists of our time. From 1992, when he made his Royal Opera debut as Riccardo (I puritani) he sang regularly with the company, appearing nearly every season from 2001 to 2015. Whether it was in the great Verdi baritone roles such as Rigoletto, Count di Luna (Il trovatore) or Giorgio Germont (La traviata), as the devout soldier Valentin (Faust) or as Tchaikovsky’s dashing Eugene Onegin (the role in which he made his final appearances with the Company in 2015), his performances never failed to delight his audiences and win him great critical acclaim. He was also known throughout the Royal Opera House for his kindness to his colleagues and to all working back stage. He considered The Royal Opera his home company, and was much-loved by all in the company for his glorious voice, big heart and generosity of spirit.
The concert will take place on the Main Stage at the Royal Opera House and run for approximately ninety minutes without interval. A small number of tickets will be available for £25 from 9am on Monday 12 March.
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