DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY – This Sunday at Davies Symphony Hall

Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky returns to Davies Symphony Hall to perform a recital of songs by Fauré, Taneyev, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky accompanied by pianist Ivari Ilja. The recital is this Sunday, February 13th, 7:00 pm at Davies Symphony Hall. If you’re a fan of really handsome operatic baritones with beefy romantic voices, then this is the concert for you.
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Born and educated in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Hvorostovsky came to the attention of the music world after winning the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989.  Since then he has appeared in opera and concert houses internationally, including those in New York, Vienna, Tokyo, Milan, and Moscow. Last January he sang the title role of Simon Boccanegra for the opening of the Metropolitan Opera. Hvorostovsky and Ilja released a recording of several of Tchaikovsky’s romances, material he will draw upon as part of the February 13th concert.

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Hvorostovsky also released a disc of songs on the texts of Pushkin, in addition to a DVD with soprano Reneé Fleming about the pair’s recital series in St. Petersburg. Hvorostovsky gave the first performance by an opera singer in Red Square and in 2005 Russian President Putin invited him to give a recital tour of several major Russian cities. He last appeared at Davies Symphony Hall in recital in January 2009.

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Russian Songs by Dmitri Hvorostovsky


Tallinn-born Ivari Ilja studied the piano at the Tallinn State Conservatoire with Professor Laine Mets and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with Professor Vera Gornostayeva and Professor Sergey Dorensky. He has taken prizes at the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Vianna da Motta Piano Competition in Lisbon. Ivari is a renowned recitalist and soloist having performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors Arvo Volmer, Eri Klas, Leo Krämer, Veronica Dudarova, Urs Schneider, Roman Matsov, Imants Resnis, Andres Mustonen, Peeter Lilje, Theodore Kuchar and Vello Pähn.

The scheduled Program includes the following:
Fauré – Automne, Opus 18, no. 3
Fauré – Sylvie, Opus 6, no. 3
Fauré – Après un rêve, Opus 7, no. 1
Fauré – Fleur jetée, Opus 39, no. 2
Taneyev – Ludi spyat, Opus 17, no.10
Taneyev – Menuet, Opus 26, no. 9
Taneyev – Zimnii put, Opus 32, no. 4
Taneyev – Stalaktity, Opus 26, no. 6
Taneyev – B’jotsja serdce bespokojnoje, Opus 17, no. 9
Liszt – Oh! Quand je dors
Liszt – Pace no trovo from Tre Sonetti di Petrarca
Liszt – I’vidi in terra angelici costumi from Tre Sonetti di Petrarca
Tchaikovsky – Six Romances, Opus 73

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at:


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