An understated message on Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s website announced that he has a brain tumour, but seemed more concerned with the trouble it may cause for ticket holders of the events he has had to cancel:
“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.”
This means that his scheduled return to the stage will be at the Met on 25 September when he will sing in Il trovatore with Anna Netrebko, Yonghoon Lee and Dolora Zajick. We wish the 52 year-old baritone a speedy recovery.
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