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Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky on singing Verdi

February 5, 2011 | 10:40 am

DmitYou mentioned your career singing Italian opera. Specifically, you mainly sing Verdi. Why does Verdi resonate with you?

It’s something I grew up with. As a little boy listening to Verdi’s music and great Italian singers singing “Aida” or “Othello.” I had the little dream that if I ever become an opera singer, which was always there, I was probably going to sing at something like Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. We all know that Verdi was a baritone himself, and this is why he has written probably the most remarkable music, not just for other voices, but mostly for baritone. All the greatest baritones in the world sang Verdi. I always thought one day I would become a typical Verdian baritone, which I have. I’m really happy about it.

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--Irene Lacher

Photo Credit: Pavel Antonov