Thursday, November 3, 2011

Barihunk Role Announcements; Happy Birthday, Vincenzo Bellini

We've learned that Dmitri Hvorostovsky aka "The Siberian Hunky," will be singing Iago at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2015/16 season. We'll have more on this as the date approaches.

Since today is Vincenzo Bellini's birthday, here is Hvorostovsky singing a jaw-droppingly beautiful version of "Ah, per sempre io ti perdei" from "I Puritani."

The other big news regarding roles comes out of Santa Fe. Thomas Hampson and Mariusz Kwiecien will be bringing roles to the U.S. that that received critical acclaim in Europe. Hampson will be singing Scarpia in Puccini's "Tosca" and Kwiecien will be performing his sizzling hot portrayal of King Roger in Karol Szymanoski's opera of the same name. Visit the Santa Fe Opera website for additional cast and performance information.

Here is Hampson singing the Te Deum from Tosca in Zurich:

You can watch an entire performance of King Roger with "The Hot Pole" on YouTube. Here is the Part 1 of 10:

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  1. Hvorostovsky is indeed much better than what I expected from him in Bellini! I guess his quality of singing depends on his will, because I have heard many performances of his that I didn't like at all.
    And about King Roger, what an interesting production! I regret de fact that I don't understand German subtitles. Do you think are there any possibilities that we can get it on DVD soon?

  2. Write to Bel Aire Media for the King Roger DVD. The last time I heard, they were thinking about releasing it but had no plans to originally.