Terrible news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has brain tumour

Terrible news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has brain tumour


norman lebrecht

June 24, 2015

The great Russian baritone has just issued the following statement on his website:

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.


We wish Dmitri a full recovery.

Winner of the 1989 Cardiff Singer of the World, Dmitri has gone on to sing at all major opera houses. In Russia he commands the highest fees of any recitalist, while steering clear of paying homage to the Putin regime. Dmitri, 52, is one of the most popular singers among his colleagues. 


  • Julian Reynolds says:

    I pray for his recovery.

  • Rosana Martins says:

    Terrible news! I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    He is in prayer. I hope they can eradicate the tumour so he can continue sharing his beautiful voice–a blessing to humanity.

  • Valerie Whalley says:

    Sad news,but let’s have hope.

  • Martin Bookspan says:

    Whoa! That’s awful news. I hope he can be treated and returned to full and robust health…..

  • Martin Bookspan says:

    Awful News! I hope his treatment returns him successfully to robust health…….

  • Leana says:

    Дорогой Дмитрий! Желаю Здоровья и большой Удачи!!!

  • Natalie says:

    All the best to him and strength to his beautiful family.

  • Patti says:

    I am so sorry!! Get well soon! ???????

  • A.Observer says:

    Wish him a strength/stamina and certainly a good luck to fight against this…

  • Kamal Khan says:

    The man has great courage. Let’s all give him the same. One of the best singers and colleagues. Nothing but hope for you….

  • Vladimir Kuriokhin says:

    Это предложение не имеет смысла – мне интересно, еслиавтор этого блога заметят , или он просто беспечно положить его до конца.

  • Anna M Sigurðardóttir says:

    My best wishes for a successful treatment and a speedy recovery!

  • Olga says:

    It’s very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
    I wish Dmitri good luck and hope for his return to the stage.
    Get well!

  • Jacqueline G says:

    I cross my fingers for a good issue.It is too sad. I am in Wien and we are lucky to listen him very often.The women are crazy about him at the end of an opera., in the street…!!! A great singer.

  • McCaffrey Schnaible says:

    Sending prayers and best wishes

    We admire you greatly

    Trish McCaffrey and Mark Schnaible

  • Angela Sullivan says:

    One of the greatest singers, I pray for his speedy recovery.

  • marzena says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Dmitri
    Good luck Get well fast..

  • Marg says:

    What awful news to wake up to … I will certainly keep him and his family in my prayers and wish him the very best. He has brought such joy with his voice.

  • carole says:

    I will pray for you and your speedy recovery.

  • Sarah Salter says:

    Courage, Dima..best wishes for a successful treatment and strong recovery.

  • Olga says:

    Дорогой Дмитрий!
    Желаем Вам успешного лечения и скорейшего выздоровления! Сил и упорства Вам а Вашей семье. Все будет хорошо!!!! Вы в наших молитвах.

  • Stephen says:

    Dear Mr. Hvorostovsky, I hope for you a gentle and speedy recovery. I look forward to your return to full health, full voice, and your commanding return to the operatic stage.

  • Judith Fleet Wisdom says:

    Since hearing, just two days ago about Mr. Hvorostovsky’s illness I have had a very heavy heart. Today I went to YouTube to hear him sing and heard him talk with Bing and Dennis in a recorded interview. That revealed such depths of warmth, understanding and reflection on the human condition, on his family of origin and how his upbringing as an Eastern European, particularly a Russian, has shaped his spirit, mood. He became so much more wonderful to me beyond what comes across in his singing. A lively and deep man. I turned to the Internet to find out the latest on his condition like I’m sure many of his admirers who are not part of the world of music, and I like so many others dearly hope his treatment restores his health so that he can perform again, Verdi or pop and be to his wife and children all that he wants to be.

  • Helen says:

    Dear Dmitri, please make sure that your medical protocol will include an alternative treatment as well. This is really important for a good recovery. God bless you.

  • dora pekar says:

    You are the best singer, wishes to speedy recovery. Many blessings to you and your beautiful family.

  • Lucia Dovnarovich Werner says:

    You and your family are in our prayers. We wish you DAH a full recovery.

  • Anneli Kotilainen says:

    Гари, гари моя звезда…
    Я молюсь за него.

  • Carol and Alexandrina Gluzman says:

    We owe you many many moments of emotion and happiness
    and are convinced that you will overcome and recover to be
    with all those who love you for many years to come.
    Our hearts are with you.

    Carol and Arti

  • Anna Drackley says:

    You are always in our thoughts. We all need to hear and see you fit and well again.
    Lots of love to you and Florence from Anna (up north)

  • isabel says:

    Rezo por su recuperación. Soy una admiradora de su voz desde la Patagonia Chilena

  • Loretta says:

    Helen was right – You must use alternative/natural medicine to stop the tumor’s return. Your lifestyle must change as necessary to support health – Severe limitation of alcohol consumption, keep your cell phone away from your head and body, be sure to get enough sunshine and maintain peace of mind. SB, MD, is a Polish-American physician in Houston, Texas, who has had great success with glioblastomas treated alternatively (redacted). There are numerous German alternative cancer clinics. It is important to seek this help even if the tumor has been obliterated by chemo or radiation. You are loved by many – And many want to see you live a long healthy life and sing forever!

  • Marcela Brandstatter says:

    You are always in our thoughts. You are loved by many.Love Marcela

  • Bettye Butterworth says:

    20 years ago you gave me the greatest pleasure, with a recital in Brisbane Australia
    Although the concert hall was not full, everyone knew that your future was to
    be wonderful. May this illness clear and you continue to enjoy life, and give us all so much joy.

  • Регина says:

    Любимый певец-поэт,обративший на себя внимание в самом начале карьеры той самой широтой русской души,глубоким духовным наполнением.Уже тогда
    вдохновлял этими качествами сильнее лучших певцов мира.Вдохновляет и внутренней силой и красотой жизни личной. Долгой счастливой жизни!!!

  • Mary Lou Burgess says:

    “Keep me safe, my God, for in You I take refuge.” (Psalm 16:1) My prayers are with you and your family. Love in Christ, Lulu