Delos is proud to announce that the final recording by the late, lamented Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky — Rigoletto (DE 3522) —has been nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Opera Recording category.
The album was released just days before Hvorostovsky’s untimely death from brain cancer last November. During the great singer’s last two years, he courageously continued to make recordings of music close to his heart. Rigoletto is perhaps the greatest baritone role ever written, and many consider “Dima” to be the supreme Verdi baritone of our time.
With superb support from an all-star cast and maestro Constantine Orbelian leading the Kaunas State Symphony Orchestra and the men of the Kaunas State Choir, this is a Rigoletto for the ages, as well as a glittering jewel in the crown of Hvorostovsky’s extensive recorded legacy. As Opera News put it, “(Hvorostovsky) has rendered Rigoletto’s tragedy with specificity and power, bringing Verdi’s monumental conception to full, breathing life… a compelling Rigoletto all around.”