- Otello, opera: Vanne...Credo in un Dio crudel
- Rigoletto, opera: Pari siamo
- Rigoletto, opera: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
- Stiffelio, opera: Ei fugge!...Lina, pensai che un angelo...Oh gioia
- Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Son pur queste mie membra?...Dio di Giuda!
- Un ballo in maschera, opera: Alla vita che t'arride
- Un ballo in maschera, opera: Alzati!...Eri tu
- Ernani, opera: Gran' Dio!...Oh de' verd'anni miei
- I Masnadieri, opera: Vecchio! Spiccai...La sua lampada vitale...Tremate
- I Masnadieri, opera: Sogno di Francesco: Tradimento!...Pareami, che sor
- Il Trovatore, opera: Tutto è deserto...Il balen del suo sorriso...Per m
Fans of the prodigiously gifted baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky have long anticipated an album of Verdi arias from the Siberian opera star, but he has been in no rush to delve into the great Verdian roles. Well, the wait is over, and it's been worth it. Rather than forging ahead as a younger, lighter-voiced singer, Hvorostovsky has allowed his voice to mature, and now nearly 40, he seems at the peak of his powers. His voice -- velvety smooth but with a heady undercurrent of dark, rich colors -- has blossomed into a truly glorious instrument, and he puts it through its paces on this mightily impressive CD. The program spans Verdi's long career, including arias ranging from the breakthrough Nabucco (1842) to the tragic masterpiece Otello (1887), with selections from Stiffelio, Ernani, I Masnadieri, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, and Un ballo in maschera in between. The Otello aria may well be the highlight, with Hvorostovsky delivering Iago's "evil credo" as a showpiece of diabolic bluster. And he gets plenty of support from Mario Bernardi and the Philharmonia of Russia, who play the aria's sinister trills with marvelous intensity. This is Hvorostovsky's second album for the independent American label Delos, following Passione di Napoli, a splendidly stylish love letter to Neapolitan song. Stunning singing, compelling character portraits, ardent delivery -- this is a Verdi aria album to measure all others by.
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Hvorostovsky is indeed the Verdi baritone of this new millenium. His deep, rich color is perfectly suited to this dramatic repertoire. Not only is is voice a perfect fit for Verdi, but he is able bring such great emotion to the table as well. The tormented father figure of Rigoletto has never been more poignant, and the longing of de Luna never more ardent. I can't wait until he records the full operas that these arias come from!
Never have I listened to a baritone without a flaw of some sort, but Hvorostovsky is just that, flawless! What a phenomenal talent! It is upsetting that I have just now discovered his recordings. I want them all!