The Russian baritone, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour, has decided after all to sing his two opening performances at the Met this season. Met announcement below.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Met this season, on October 7, 10, and 17. Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June, will sing the opening performances of the opera at the Met as scheduled (September 25 and 29, and October 3 matinee), then return to London for continued treatment.
Vitaliy Bilyy will sing di Luna on October 7, 10, and 17, a role he performed at the Met in 2010. The Ukrainian baritone made his Met debut in 2007 as Denisov in Prokofiev’s War and Peace and has also sung Shaklovity in Mussorsgky’s Khovanshchina with the company. He has sung di Luna at the Bavarian State Opera, Toulouse’s Théâtre du Capitol, and the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile.
The fall performances of Il Trovatore are conducted by Marco Armiliato and also star Anna Netrebko as Leonora, Dolora Zajick as Azucena, Yonghoon Lee and Antonello Palombi as Manrico, and Štefan Kocán as Ferrando.