By Sona Hamalian
LONDON — On March 11, Russia’s BraVo International Professional Music Awards announced the Delos (https://delosmusic.com/) label’s recording of “Verdi: Rigoletto” as the 2018 Classical Album of the Year. The BraVo Awards are regarded as Russia’s Grammys. The landmark “Rigoletto” recording, conducted by Grammy-nominated Constantine Orbelian, features the late baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role, along with an all-star supporting cast, the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (https://delosmusic.com/artist/kaunas-city-symphony-orchestra/), and the men of the Kaunas State Choir.
Constantine Orbelian is a globally acclaimed pianist and conductor, and an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. Since June 2016, he has helmed the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Armenia (the Yerevan Opera House) as its General Director and Artistic Director.
Orbelian’s recording of Sviridov’s “Russia Cast Adrift,” also featuring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, along with the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, received a Grammy nomination last year, in the category of Best Conductor on a Solo Vocal Album.
Orbelian spoke recently in London, where he had traveled to attend the Royal Opera’s Dmitri Hvorostovsky Memorial Concert on March 18.