Battling tumour, Dmitri Hvorostovsky gives private recital

The Russian baritone, who has cancelled all summer appearances while he receives treatment in London for a brain tumour, turned up last night (Sunday) at the Russian ambassador’s residence to give a recital.

A Russian music site reports that he told the guests that, in 20 years of living in London, he had never been to the embassy and he wanted to repair the omission. ‘I don’t want to tell you about the details and difficulties of my treatment,’ he added, ‘but I wanted to be together with all of you, because I really missed you.’

He went on to sing arias by Borodin, Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.



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  • DH is one of the most talented baritones of today, with huge success over, an already long career. For this to end prematurely would be a massive disappointment for so many many colleagues, admirers and fans: a loss to music. I hope his health is fully restored and I hear that beautiful voice again.

  • Very sorry to hear the news of my favourite baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Hope and pray that the treatment will be successful and it won’t be too long before he is captivating audiences again.

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