Verdi a la Russe

(Canscene) — Two of the opera world’s leading Verdi singers are coming to Toronto and Montreal in March. They are the Russian baritone Dmitri Hrovorotsky and soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. In recent years, they have risen to the top rank of Verdi interpreters. He has been called “the supreme singing actor” which makes him an ideal central figue of the dramatic Verdi repertoire. Radvanosky has by many been hailed as the top Verdi soprano of modern times.

Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky first performed together in Russia in 2009. The Toronto concert marks the start of a North American tour that takes the artists to Montreal’s Place des Arts March 26.

The Toronto performance will be on, Saturday, March 20, 2010, 8:00 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall.

An Italian Opera Spectacular features an evening of passionate arias and duets from Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), Simon Boccanegra, and other great stage works by Verdi, along with such favorites as the Song to the Moon from Dvorak’s Rusalka, and the final scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky will perform with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, under the baton of Constantine Orbelian.

Tickets, $65-$148.75, are available via or by calling 416-872-4255. Information is also available at

RADVANOVSKY’S FIRST TOSCA & AIDA: One month after her Toronto performance, Sondra Radvanovsky will sing her first Tosca in the Opera Colorado production of the Puccini melodrama ( In October 2010, she will make both her Canadian Opera Company and role debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Aida. On March 20, audiences will enjoy a foretaste when she includes Aida’s aria O Patria Mia in the program.

Radvanovsky is also appearing this season as Elisabetta in Don Carlo at the Paris Opera; and in the Verdi Requiem with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

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