DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY - he began his professional life as a teenage rock-and-roller! Today he is one of opera's superstar baritones. The 39 year-old Siberian-born singer first gained international recognition as the winner of the famous "Cardiff Singer of the World" singing competition. Most every major opera and concert stage in the world has been a home to him ever since.

He has become a favorite attraction at the Metropolitan Opera after his 1995 debut in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. In 1999, he premiered the Salzburg Festival's new production of Don Giovanni, reprising the role in 2000 for the San Francisco Opera (click HERE for a production photo) where he also starred in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride.

He remains a stalwart champion of Russian music, and has made recordings of of folk songs as well as arias from the Russian repertoire. Click HERE for a Hvorostovsky discography and HERE for a photo with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet after 1996 recital.

Photo courtesy of
San Francisco Opera