People’s Artist of Russia Dmitri Khvorostovsky (1962- )
People’s Artist of Russia Dmitri Khvorostovsky was unquestionably triumphant at the 19th Slavyansky Bazar International Art Festival in Vitebsk.
Dmitri Khvorostovsky at the 2010 Slavyansky Bazar
This unique baritone, a Siberian prodigy, who has graced the major stages of the world, had the honour to represent all of Russia. For the first time in the nearly 20-year history of the Slavyansky Bazar Festival, instead of the usual “ensemble” presentation on the National Day of Russia, it was decided to replace it with a gala concert of a solo performer. However, Khvorostovsky decided not to include any operatic arias into his concert programme, according to ITAR-TASS.
Syabry at the 2010 Slavyansky Bazar
His opening remarks were greeted with applause. The Byelorussian fans gave him a thunderous ovation. In an elegant black shirt, looking courageous and dignified, he appeared on stage and sang Утро туманное (Misty Morning). Then, he segued into Однозвучно Гремит колокольчик (Lonesome Bell) and О, если б мог выразить в звуке (Oh, if I Could Express in Sound). One song followed another, that inimitable velvet voice had feeling, restraint, and passion, more and more bewitching the listeners. Then, he gave us Темная ночь (Dark Night), Эх, дороги (Oh, the Roads), Жди меня (Wait for Me), Катюша (Katyusha), and other songs of the war years.
Khelena Bondrachkova at 2010 Slavyansky Bazar
Today’s programme of at the Slavyansky Bazar in Vitebsk is the National Day of Belarus. The “trump card” will be a concert dedicated to the memory of the musician and People’s Artist of the USSR, Vladimir Mulyavin, the founder of the legendary group Pesnyary.
11 July 2010
Voice of Russia World Service