Dmitry Hvorostovsky – world famous opera singer
Dmitry Hvorostovsky is a Soviet, Russian, American, British opera singer (baritone), People’s Artist of Russia (1995), laureate of the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR (1991). He is one of the most famous singers in the world. He often takes part in performances in different countries and always becomes the center of attraction. Some fans call him the “Elvis of opera”.
Dmitry was born on October 16, 1962 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. His father, a chemical engineer, loved singing and playing the piano, and had a large collection of rare records. That’s why his house was always full of music. The little boy began singing at the age of four.
For some time Dmitry was the singer in a rock band where he played heavy metal.
Hvorostovsky graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Pedagogical College and Krasnoyarsk Institute of Arts.
His professional career began in his native Krasnoyarsk. In 1985-1990 he was a soloist of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
After Hvorostovsky had won several professional contests in Russia, he took part in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989. He won it and his world career was launched. He performed in the best opera houses in the world: Royal Opera House (London), the Bavarian State Opera, Munich State Opera, Berlin State Opera, La Scala (Milan), Vienna State Opera, Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow.
Dmitry supports young teams, such as the Baltic Symphony Orchestra.
Hvorostovsky was the first opera singer, who gave a concert in the Red Square. His performance was broadcast live in 25 countries around the world.
Dmitry has recorded about forty albums.
According to some sources, today Hvorostovsky is one of the highest paid performers from Russia and the UK.
On August 4, 1983 asteroid (7995) Khvorostovsky was named in honor of the opera singer.
Dmitry starred in a television commercial for Ferrero Rocher.
Now Hvorostovsky has a house in London and speaks good English. He works a lot and tries to have a healthy way of life. He confessed that he had given up smoking and stopped drinking alcohol many years ago.
In 1989, Dmitry married Svetlana, a former ballet dancer. In 1996 she gave birth to twin brothers Alexander and Daniil. They were together for fifteen years. In 2001 Dmitry and Svetlana divorced.
Italian singer Florence Illi became his second wife. In 2003, Florence gave birth to son Max, and in 2007 to daughter Nina.
In June 2015 Dmitry was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The singer decided to undergo treatment at the Royal Marsden, London Oncology Clinic.
On November 22, 2017, the Hvorostovsky family published in the social network Facebook a statement in which it was said that “after two and a half years of fighting brain cancer, he peacefully died this morning, November 22, in his home in London”.