I was still London based when Hvorostovsky won the prize, in 1989, v Bryn Terfel and shrewd Bill Lyne, managing the Wigmore Hall at the time, instantly booked him to appear within days of getting the prize. Absolutely preening with confidence, he managed to enrage the management asst at the Wiggie, as after the interval, he insisted that she came on-stage to inform us that Mr Hvorostovsky was ready to resume the recital. But how he could deliver!
Hvorostovsky's London recitals have been special occasions ever since (and usually attended by swathes of lavishly attired Russians, especially at the QEH!).