24 June 2015
Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky Diagnosed with Brain Tumor, Cancels Engagements through August
Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky announced on his website today that he has cancelled all of his professional engagements through August after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Posted to the baritone's website, a full statement reads: "It is with great regret that Dmitri must cancel all performances from now until the end of August. He has recently been suffering from serious health issues, and a brain tumor has just been diagnosed. Although his voice and vocal condition are normal, his sense of balance has been severely affected. Dmitri will begin treatment this week and remains very optimistic for the future."
More than twenty-five years into his career, Hvorostovsky, 52, remains one of the most acclaimed opera singers on the opera stage. He first garnered international attention with his 1989 win at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, in which he prevailed over bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the competition's final round to win the main prize. Since then the Krasnoyarsk native has performed on the stages of every major international theater, and has found particular success for his emblematic portrayal of the title character in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin as well as for his assumptions of Verdi's baritone roles.
More information can be found at Hvorostovsky.com and the Opera News Archives (1, 2, 3)
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