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IN MEMORIAM | Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky Loses Battle With Cancer, Dies At 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) performing in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, at one of his last public performances. (Photo: Vladimir Kevorkov)

The opera world has been rocked by the news that Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the golden-haired “Elvis of Opera”, has died this morning at the age of 55.

Diagnosed in June 2015, Hvorostovsky had been in London receiving treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital for a malignant brain tumour.

The announcement came on Hvorostovsky’s official Facebook page.

After his diagnosis, Hvorostovsky cancelled all his performances to dedicate himself to treatment. Between treatments, he made three rare appearances, including one in Toronto this past April.

The event was billed “Trio Magnifico” and was presented by Show One Productions founder and producer Svetlana Dvoretsky. According to Ludwig Van’s Opera Editor Joseph So, it was “the most exciting event in the Toronto 2016-17 opera season, and certainly one of the most memorable, ever.”

Before that, he was at Koerner Hall, on February 22, 2016.

Billed as “Dmitri and Friends”, his final public appearance final appearance was a recital at Austria’s Grafenegg Festival in June 2017.

Tributes have been rolling in via twitter all morning.

Just two months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Hvorostovsky with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the IV degree.

The Kremlin has issued the following statement:

“The president extends his deepest condolences to the relatives, friends and fans of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who passed away today,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “In general, we believe he is the heritage of both our domestic culture and global culture. This is a very grievous loss.”

Dmitri Hvorostovsky leaves behind a wife and four children.


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