Thursday, August 18, 2011

NY Times' Zachary Woolfe: "What is Charisma?"

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
In yesterday's New York Times, Zachary Woolfe asked the question "What is charisma? A gift from the musical gods." He mentions many of the great sopranos of recent times, including Maria Callas, Renata Scotto, Natalie Dessay and Catherine Malfitano. The one barihunk who is mentioned is the indisputably charismatic Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Read the article and post a comment letting us know who else in the world of opera you find charismatic.

Russian composer Igor Krutoy and Dmitri Hvorostovsky collaborated on the video "Toi et Moi":

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  1. Fleming, Domingo, Terfel, Simon O'neill, Netrebko, just to name a few - but I'm surprised that they left out Pavarotti, who sort of epitomized the concept of stage charisma.

  2. Mariusz Kwiecien is incredibly charismatic.

  3. I completely agree about POPLAVSKAYA, who has a terrificly charismatic and melancholic face expression. Of course DOMINGO is one of the most charismatic and sympathetic artists of opera, and NETREBKO has an something unbelievably sweet, charming and expressive in her face and that never ever leaves her. We also have terrific ANTONACCI, lovely KAUFMANN, energic DiDONATO...

  4. how about Franco Corelli?
    or JDF:)