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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Show One Presents Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky in Toronto March 20

A Show One Presentation Saturday, March 20 at Roy Thomson Hall



He has been called the supreme singing actor with a virtuoso display of smoky tone and sensual, forthright phrasing. With her rich, tremulous soprano voice and affecting intensity, she is hailed as the top Verdi soprano of our age.

Show One Productions presents the first joint North American concert by two of the worlds operatic superstars, baritone DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY and soprano SONDRA RADVANOVSKY, Saturday, March 20, 2010, 8 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 Dvoraks Rusalka, and the final scene from Tchaikovskys Eugene Onegin.

Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky will perform with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, under the baton of Constantine Orbelian. Jean-Philippe Tremblay, the orchestras music director, will conduct some of the finest orchestral selections from opera, by Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni.

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

This concert is certain to be a highlight of 2010, promises Svetlana Dvoretskaia of Show One Productions. When you get two talents of this magnitude in the finest operatic music ever written, it is both a rare and unforgettable experience!

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 Montreals Place des Arts March 26 (also presented by Show One Productions), Washingtons Kennedy Center March 29, and New Yorks Carnegie Hall April 1.

BOTH STARS FEATURED IN NEW VERDI RECORDINGS: In addition to regular performances at the Metropolitan Opera, both Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky have toured widely. Their recent joint concerts of Verdi scenes and duets in Russia were recorded and will be released shortly on Delos. As well, Radvanovskys Moscow performances led to her first solo recording of Verdi arias, also on Delos and scheduled for release in April.

HVORSTOVSKYS SIMON BOCCANEGRA: While the versatile Russian baritone is a great interpreter of Russian opera and music of his homeland, he is in demand worldwide as a recitalist and for his Verdi roles. When he first performed the title role in Simon Boccanegra in 2006 with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Chronicle praised his magnetic stage presence and lustrous sound, marveling at his ability to convey the emotional point of words. When he reprised the role for the San Francisco Opera in September 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle raved, His vocal production was superb, a virtuoso display of smoky tone and sensual, forthright phrasing. The Bay Area Reporter summed him up at the supreme singing actor. This year (2010) sees Hvorostovsky again at the Met, as well as the Covent Garden and Vienna opera houses, and touring extensively in Russia, North America and Canada.

Vanity Fair wrote that Hvorostovsky is sending aficionados the world over into a collective swoon, inviting an adulation that recalls the advent of Baryshnikov in the dance world of the seventies. And he was a rare classical musician to be named one of People Magazines 50 most beautiful people.

RADVANOVSKYS 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 Verdis Aida. On March 20, audiences will enjoy a foretaste when she includes Aidas aria O Patria Mia in the program.

The New York Times has praised her rich, tremulous soprano voice and affecting intensity, while The Times (UK) hailed her as a true Verdian, with a big, juicy, vibrato-rich sound. San Franciscos Chronicle summed up her September 2009 performance in Il Trovatore: Even if nothing else happens during the rest of the San Francisco Operas 2009 fall season, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky has already provided us with at least one extraordinary and indelible musical memory. (Hvorostovsky alternated as Count di Luna in that production.)

This January has seen her as Lina in the Metropolitan Operas remount of Verdis Stiffelio, with Plcido Domingo conducting in what the New York Times described as a richly expressive performance as Lina, Stiffelios guilt-stricken wifeĶ She sang with utter integrity, supple phrasing, nuanced colorings and aching vulnerability. Her bright, strong voice filled Verdis lines and penetrated the orchestra without forcingĶ She won me over, and the cheering audience, with her impassioned performance.

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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