Dmitri Hvorostovsky has been posthumously awarded Classical Album of the Year, while Sumi Joreceived the Best Female Artist from Asia award at the 2018 BraVo International Professional Music Awards.
In a ceremony held at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre on Sunday evening, Dmitri’s parents, Alexander Stepanovich and Lyudmila Petrovna, collected the award, before Sumi Jo performed Caccini’s Ave Maria in tribute to the great baritone.
Sumi told The National after stepping off stage: “He was a wonderful artist. It was inspiring to work with him and I am glad I got the chance to perform here for him.”
Dmitri’s award was received for his last album – his first full recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Conducted by Dima’s long-time artistic collaborator, Constantine Orbelian, the album also features Francesco Demuro (Duke of Mantua), Nadine Sierra (Gilda),Andrea Mastroni(Sparafucile), Oksana Volkova (Maddalena), the Kaunas State Choir, and the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra.
Other performers in attendance included Spanish tenor Jose Carerras, French actor Vincent Cassel, soprano Anna Netrebko, Bolshoi ballet prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, and conductor Teodor Currentzis