Opera blockbuster on Red Square

Moscow Music

For all the pride of seeing two of Russia’s top opera stars conquer the international stage, music lovers face a dilemma. Of course it’s great to see the likes of Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko triumph before the notoriously demanding audiences of New York’s Met Opera, but at the same time it makes getting to see them live on stage back in the Motherland much more difficult.

anna netrebkoAlthough neither singer has appeared on the Russian opera stage for some time, though, they do make fairly frequent recital appearances, and Wednesday’s Red Square spectacular looks set to be a blockbuster date.

Full program details are still unclear, but it’s likely that Hvorostovsky, a silver-maned baritone who looks every inch the dashing 19th-century aristocrat, will offer a sprinkling of the arias that have made him a fixture in Verdi’s baritone roles in New York. Given the local audience, it’s fair…

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