Opera Megastar Hvorostovsky – Great Exclusive Video

This remarkable talent from the depths of Siberia has wowed the world for decades. He was one of the truly huge international megastars, and his fans around the world are devastated.

This is a Russian TV obituary on Hvorostovsky, showing interviews of him in his youth, of him singing at various stages of his career, reactions from friends, scenes from his family life and in his last days when he was clearly ill.

A touching and moving report on a national hero.

Subtitles exclusively on Insider of Russia.

The full transcript follows below.

Transcription:

Anchor:

Today, words of deep sadness are pouring in from around the world following the death of a Russian opera singer. Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the family of Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Putin, like millions of other people around the world, was a fan of his talent. A memorial service will be held in Moscow on November 27 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

Hvorostovsky:

Turn around, a passing stranger… Yes, that’s how I am. And the most important thing is to believe in yourself, to believe in love. Believe in happiness!

Corresponding:

Krasnoyarsk, June. One of Hvorostovsky’s last interviews, where he thanks his earthlings for not returning their tickets and waiting for him. It’s my house. I was born and raised here. I went to school here. And regularly, from the very beginning of my career, I reported to you, in Krasnoyarsk.

Here he found his endless love for music. His father was an engineer, his mother a doctor, but opera was always a favorite at home, especially Verdi. Here, at the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theater, he received his first ovation, international recognition came later. Since 1989, this amazing and lively baritone began to sound on all opera stages. A masterpiece requiring unparalleled strength. A triumph on stage, and such an ethereal and characteristic humility with people.

To interview:

Do you ever marvel at your talent?

Hvorostovsky:

What? You mean?… No, never!

To interview:

Nope?

Hvorostovsky:

What skills? First of all, when I… When I listen to my recordings, or when I look at them, I see the errors very well.

Corresponding:

1993, a rehearsal in Moscow. He is already well known all over the world.

Hvorostovsky:

For me, it is all the more pleasant, interesting and honorable that my new programs, usually Russian programs, are seen by my compatriot audience.

Song of Hvorostovsky:

Dark in the night. Nothing but the bullet whistles all over the steppe…

Corresponding:

Hvorostovsky sang Soviet war songs on every continent, as brilliantly as the operas of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Verdi, Mozart and Bizet. And in his intensely busy schedule, there is always the underlined “Red Square Concert, open-air”.

Song of Hvorostovsky:

So hard to say, and not to say…

Corresponding:

The tenderness of a Russian opera bullfighter: tall, long hair, athletic, nobly graying, lives in London.

Actually, he’s married. Her name is Florence and she has two children: Maxim and Nina. These are personal videos from the past few years. A Siberian, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Igor Krutoy, People’s Artist of Russia:

“We were recording, and he said he was starting to fall asleep. And then he said, ‘Come on,’ and then he put me on his shoulders and did 20 sit-ups. With everything my weight, the way I am. He was in such good physical shape.”

Constantine Orbelyan, pianist, friend:

“He never complained and never wanted to talk about his illness. He didn’t want to be pitied by anyone. He couldn’t stand it. He just wanted to look ahead.” When he learned of his diagnosis, Hvorostovsky remained on stage. He gives charity concerts for sick children, he tours with his opera star friends. He even titles the performances “Hvorostovsky and his friends”.

Vladimir Fedoseyev, People’s Artist of the USSR:

“He opened his soul. A Siberian, a Russian, a singer who dreamed of singing forever, for a long time to come.”

Corresponding:

At the Vienna Opera, the flags are at half mast today. And from Canada, singer Lara Fabian once again declares her love to Dmitri: “I love you, be safe wherever you are now.” Thank you for your music, your soul, for all that you have given to this universe.

In his last interview,

Hvorostovsky said:

“I am no longer a young talent, but an authority in the world of opera. I have to be useful.”

And he has always helped musicians and singers, these same talents, in the hope that they will believe in happiness, in love and in themselves.

Hvorostovsky singing:

Oh, how we believed in ourselves…


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