CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 8 PM

Sondra Radvanovsky
Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“I always wanted to be a Verdi baritone,” says Dmitri Hvorostovsky (MusicalCriticism.com). Having recently performed an acclaimed Il trovatore together at the Metropolitan Opera, Hvorostovsky and Sondra Radvanovsky reunite for a recital that mixes Verdi and Slavic favorites.

Performers

  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
  • National Philharmonic
    Marco Armiliato, Conductor
  • Sondra Radvanovsky, Soprano

Program

  • MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
  • ROSSINI "Resta immobile" from William Tell
  • VERDI "Ernani, Ernani involami" from Ernani
  • VERDI "Gran' Dio!? Oh de' verd'anni miei" from Ernani
  • DVORÁK "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka
  • VERDI "Favella il Doge" from Simon Boccanegra
  • VERDI Overture to Luisa Miller
  • VERDI Act III, Scene 1 from Un Ballo in maschera
  • LEONCAVALLO Intermezzo from Pagliacci
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Final Scene from Eugene Onegin

  • Encores:
  • PUCCINI "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca
  • TRAD. Russian Folk Song

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes, including one intermission

Bios

  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky

    Internationally acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. In 1989, he won the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, at which he received acclaim for his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line, and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Opéra de Nice in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, his career exploded, resulting in regular engagements at the world's major opera houses and appearances at renowned international festivals, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera; l'Opéra national de Paris; Bayerische Staatsoper, the Salzburger Festspiele; Teatro alla Scala; Vienna State Opera; and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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

    Mr. Hvorostovsky retains a strong musical and personal contact with Russia. He became the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus in Moscow's Red Square; this concert was televised in over 25 countries. He has gone on to sing a number of prestigious concerts in Moscow as a part of his own special series, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends, featuring such celebrated artists as Renée Fleming, Sumi Jo, and Sondra Radvanosky. In 2005, Mr. Hvorostovsky gave a historic tour of Russian cities at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, singing for a crowd of hundreds of thousands to commemorate the soldiers of the Second World War. Mr. Hvorostovsky now annually tours the cities of Russia and Eastern Europe.

    Mr. Hvorostovsky's extensive discography spans recitals and complete operas. He has also starred in Don Giovanni Unmasked, an award-winning film released by Rhombus Media based on the Mozart opera, in which he tackles the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello.

    Upcoming engagements include performances at the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as well as at opera houses in Vienna.

    Forthcoming releases include a DVD starring Mr. Hvorostovsky alongside Renée Fleming in a film set in St. Petersburg; and two new solo CDs, featuring songs by Tchaikovsky and songs on texts by Pushkin. Mr. Hvorostovsky recently established a new collaboration with the Russian popular composer Igor Krutoi, which has led to successful concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg. and Kiev.
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  • Marco Armiliato

    Marco Armiliato has been a frequent guest at the world's most prestigious opera houses, including Venice's Teatro la Fenice, Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. In addition, he has led concerts throughout Europe, the US, and Japan. Mr. Armiliato recently made debuts at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    Highlights of recent seasons include Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Le comte Ory, La rondine, Falstaff, Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse; Aida and Tosca at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Werther, Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra, L'elisir d'amore, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, and Andrea Chénier at the Vienna State Opera; Un ballo in maschera in San Francisco; Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac, Turandot, and La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera; and La bohème, Un ballo in maschera, and Il trovatore at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He has also collaborated with Arena di Verona and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as with theaters in Barcelona, Philadelphia, Madrid, Santiago, and Turin.

    Upcoming engagements include La traviata, La bohème, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Tosca at the Bayerische Staatsoper; La Fille du regiment, La bohème, Il trovatore, Tosca, Anna Bolena, and Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera; Madama Butterfly, L'elisir d'Amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, La sonnambula, and La forza del destino at the Vienna State Opera; Otello, Don Carlo, and Tosca at Opéra national de Paris; Don Carlo, La traviata, and Rigoletto at Bayerische Staatsoper; Linda di Chamounix at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; gala concerts with Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, and with the Deutsche Oper Orchester Berlin on a German tour; and a new production of Manon Lescaut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper.

    Mr. Armiliato has recorded regularly in recent years with such artists as Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann, as well as full operas such as Andrea Chénier, all for Decca. He and his family live in Genoa, Italy.


    National Philharmonic

    Led by its dynamic Music Director, Piotr Gajewski, the National Philharmonic is known for performances that have been described by The Washington Post as "powerful," impeccable," and "thrilling." The orchestra maintains a longstanding tradition of offering reasonably priced tickets and free admission to young people from ages seven to 17, assuring its place as an accessible and enriching institution that serves Montgomery County and the greater Washington, DC area.

    As the ensemble-in-residence at the Music Center at Strathmore, the National Philharmonic showcases world-renowned guest artists in time-honored symphonic works conducted by Maestro Gajewski, as well as choral masterworks overseen by the ensemble's Chorale Artistic Director, Stan Engebretson.

    The ensemble also offers exceptional and unique education programs, such as the Summer Strings and Choral institutes. Students accepted into the Summer String Institutes study privately with National Philharmonic musicians, participate in chamber music coachings, and play in an orchestra conducted by Maestro Gajewski.

    Visit nationalphilharmonic.org for more information.
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  • Sondra Radvanovsky

    American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky's dramatic stage presence and stunning vocal gifts have firmly established her as one of the leading stars on the international stage today. Ms. Radvanovsky has sung in every major opera house in the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Opéra national de Paris; Teatro alla Scala; Vienna State Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; and San Francisco Opera, among numerous others. The company with which she is most often associated, however, is the Metropolitan Opera, in whose artist development program she trained in the late 1990s. After performances in smaller roles, she came to attention as Antonia in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and was marked as a soprano worth watching by critics and public alike.

    On the concert platform, Ms. Radvanovsky has performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, both under James Levine, and with the Chicago Symphony under David Zinman; in addition, she has sung Verdi's Requiem with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Recent concerts of opera arias in Moscow led to her first solo recording of Verdi arias, which will be released on April 27, 2010, on the Delos label. Also in Russia, she appeared in joint concerts of Verdi scenes and duets with acclaimed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, which were recorded and will be released on Delos next season.

    Ms. Radvanovsky opened the 2009-2010 season at the San Francisco Opera under the baton of the company's new Music Director, Nicola Luisotti, in Il trovatore. Other season highlights include Lina in Stiffelio at the Metropolitan Opera with Plácido Domingo conducting, Elvira in Ernani at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Elisabetta in Don Carlo at l'Opéra national de Paris (the theater where she had her earliest European success), and the Verdi Requiem in Vienna with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Fabio Luisi.

    Ms. Radvanovsky and her husband make their home in Toronto, Canada.
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