Just in: Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels Met due to cancer treatment

Just in: Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels Met due to cancer treatment


norman lebrecht

December 24, 2015

The great Russian baritone will resume his treatment for brain cancer in London early in the New Year.

He has therefore cancelled Il Trovatore at the Met on February 3, 6, 9 and 13.

Dmitri will be replaced in the role of di Luna by Juan Jesús Rodríguez, making his Met debut.

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  • Geo says:

    I hope he recovers and soon.

  • Allan Starkey says:

    Moi aussi. But what happened to “I’m cancer free”?

    • John says:

      Thanks for sharing that

    • Max Grimm says:

      I don’t recall him saying that he was cancer free. As recent as 2 or 3 weeks ago, he explained about “further treatment” and “promise[d] to recover”. While I don’t personally know anyone who has suffered brain cancer, a good friend of mine had MDS (a type of hematological cancer) and as with most (all?) cancers, recovery or being cured is unfortunately anything but speedy.

    • Stephen Owades says:

      You may be thinking of former President Jimmy Carter, who told his church congregation that no signs of cancer were seen in his latest scans. Although the press accounts shortened that to “I’m cancer-free,” Carter did not make that claim, nor did his physicians. As a former cancer patient myself, I know that being “free” of cancer is always a matter of probabilities at best.

      Dmitri Hvorostovsky never claimed to be cancer-free, as far as I know. He said that his last performances at the Met were in a time between chemo periods. I sincerely hope that his treatment is going well.

  • Furzwaengler says:

    Wishing him a speedy recovery. What a superb baritone he is.

  • Marg says:

    It was a joy to see him in Met HD Il Trovatore recently. I think he has always said he had further treatment to undergo. I do not recollect his saying he is cancer free

    • Cheryl says:

      I recall a story where he’d announced he was cancer free. I was skeptical how anyone could say that with certainty. But, it was published right after the first chemo go around. I wish him all the best. He is my hero.

  • Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    He was in the audience at the Mariinsky last month. Get well soon.

  • LIZA DON says:

    He is a very good baritone and very sympa. I wish him the best !