Sunday, 1 April 2012

Verdi - Ernani. MET, 2012. Hvorostovsky, Furlanetto, Meade

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In his role debut, the Siberian baritone smouldered from the off and was in imperious voice. The role lies quite high in the baritone range, but Hvorostovsky made light of the vocal challenges; ‘Lo vedremo, veglio audace’ was excellent, followed by a refined, cultured tone for ‘Vieni meco sol di rose’, never pushing the voice too hard, but singing tenderly for the most part. But it was the grand scena at Charlemange’s tomb which found Hvorostovsky at his finest, ‘Oh, de’ verd’anni miei’ sung with leonine strength and displaying his legendary long-breathed phrasing before leading the closing ensemble, ‘O sommo Carlo’.