8 December 2016
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Battling Brain Tumor, Withdraws from All Upcoming Opera Engagements
Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei to sing title role in Metropolitan Opera's Onegin Performances in March and April
Dmitri Hvorostovsky as di Luna in David McVicar's production of Verdi's Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera
Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY has withdrawn from all upcoming opera engagements for the foreseeable future as the baritone continues with treatment following the diagnosis of a brain tumor. According to a statement by the baritone issued today through several international opera houses, balance issues resulting from Hvorostovsky's illness—diagnosed in June 2015—have made performing staged operas difficult for him. Hvorostovsky, 54, intends to continue performing in concerts, recitals and the recording studio.
Hvorostovsky's statement came through several of the opera houses where he was slated to perform this season, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House: "To all my friends, fans and colleagues: It is with great sadness that I must withdraw from opera performances for the foreseeable future. I have been experiencing balance issues associated with my illness, making it extremely difficult for me to perform in staged productions. I will continue to give concerts and recitals as well as make recordings. Singing is my life, and I want to continue bringing joy to people worldwide. With this pause in my operatic career and more rest in between each engagement, I hope to have more time to focus on my health and treatment. Thank you for all your love, messages and well wishes. Your support is felt and means the world to me."
Hvorostovsky was to have sung the title character in Metropolitan Opera performances of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin in March and April. Mariusz Kwiecien will now sing the role in New York on March 30, April 3 and 7; and Peter Mattei will perform on April 12, 15, 18 and the 22 matinee, which will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series. Hvorostovsky was also scheduled to sing Germont in Vienna Traviata performances in November and December; di Luna in Royal Opera Trovatore performances in January and February; and Iago in performances of Otello in Dresden, scheduled for February and March.
More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House and Dmitri Hvorostvosky's website.
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