Dmitri Hvorostovsky memorial concert
Dmitri Hovrostovsky was really loved at the Royal Opera House. That was clear from the memorial concert organized by his friends. But not only from the singers and artist that took part on the stage or on the pit. It was also loved by technicians and workers from the Covent Garden that devoted their time to make this nice homage.
As a show it was great, combining moments of emotion, remembrances, fine singing and even humor.
Stephen Costello opened the musical part with a meaningful Kuda kuda.
Sumi Jo was also there.
Aigu Akhmetshina sung another russian aria from Eugene Onegin and the the chorus took the stage to perform Tosca Te Deum (alongside with Kostas Smoriginas and Hubert Francis). At this point it was clear that the show was nicely produced with some stage changes and interactions.
A very moving moment came with Costello and Smoriginas singing the beautiful duet from Les Pêcheurs de perles.
Aida Garifullina opened the diva time (because she soon will be a diva) with Gounoud Romeo et Juliette.
Pinskhasovich sung more Tchaikosvky and the we got Angela Gheorghiu on the stage withe her signature Ebben? Ne andró lontana from La Wally, delightful and gimmicky.
Patria oppressa chorus from the Macbeth the house was rehearsing (well sung, well conducted) and then Yusif Eyvazov teased his Macduff by singing Ah la paterna mano with an impressive powerful void (although the effort was sensible).
Anna Netrebko moved the show into the sadness with Un bel di, with her trademark now wide and rich middle notes and intelligible pronunciation. But again, very effective
Elīna Garanča was very classy. Restrained beauty and emotion resulted on a amazing performance of the easter hymn scene from the Cavalleria she sung at the house last December with full complicity from the choir.
In between, speeches, videos of Dimas during his best moments and a lot of emotion. It was a very good example of appreciation and things well done.