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Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s recital delights the Staatsoper

Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s recital delights the Staatsoper

Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s recital delights the Staatsoper audience

At the cloak­room, it was already clear that this evening was not going to be stan­dard fare at the Staat­sop­er. Russ­ian was in the air, and Rus­sians had bought their fair share of the tick­ets to this com­plete­ly sold out event: wear­ing extrav­a­gant gowns, sport­ing ele­gant hair­styles and reserv­ing bot­tles of cham­pagne for the inter­val. There was plen­ty of Russ­ian fare on the pro­gramme too.