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2 September 2015

Following Brain Tumor Diagnosis, Dimitri Hvorostovsky Will Return to the Metropolitan Opera for Fall Trovatore Performances

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Following an announcement in June that he had cancelled all of his summer engagements after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, baritone Dimitri Hvorostovsky will return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the role of Count di Luna in performances of Il Trovatore on September 25, 29 and October 3, the company announced today. Hvorostovsky also posted a statement to his website noting his return following "a positive round of ongoing treatments."

The Russian baritone has withdrawn from three subsequent October performances of Trovatore (October 7, 10 and 17) at the Met though, as he intends to return to London after the October 3 performance for ongoing treatment.

Hvorostovsky, 52, announced his cancer diagnosis via his website in June, and noted that "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." 

The Met announced that Ukranian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy will replace Hvorostovsky for the performances on October 7, 10 and 17. Bilyy made his Met debut in 2007 as Denisov in the company's production of Prokofiev's War and Peace and later sang the role of Shaklovity in a 2012 performance of Khovanshchina. In 2010 he sang the role of di Luna in a single Met performance of Trovatore; he has also sung in performances of Il Trovatore at the Bavarian State Opera, the Théâtre du Capitol in Toulouse and the Teatro Municipal in Santiago. 

The Met's fall performances of Il Trovatore will feature Anna Netrebko making her house role debut as Leonora; Dolora Zajick as Azucena; Yonghoon Lee and Antonello Palombi as Manrico; and Štefan Kocán as Ferrando. Marco Armiliato will conduct. 

More information can be found at Hvorostovsky.com and the Metropolitan Opera.

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