Sad news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels opera ‘for the foreseeable future’

Sad news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels opera ‘for the foreseeable future’


norman lebrecht

December 08, 2016

The much-loved Russian bass-baritone, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, has put out the following message:

To all my friends, fans and colleagues:

It is with great sadness that I must withdraw from opera performances for the foreseeable future.

I have been experiencing balance issues associated with my illness, making it extremely difficult for me to perform in staged productions.

I will continue to give concerts and recitals as well as make recordings. Singing is my life, and I want to continue bringing joy to people worldwide.

With this pause in my operatic career and more rest in between each engagement, I hope to have more time to focus on my health and treatment.

Thank you for all your love, messages and well wishes. Your support is felt and means the world to me.

With love,



The Vienna Opera, where he was appearing in La Traviata, has issued the following:

Dmitri Hvorostovsky legt die nächsten Opernengagements zurück


Mit großem Bedauern gibt die Wiener Staatsoper bekannt, dass der dem Haus sehr verbundene russische Bariton Dmitri Hvorostovsky seine Opernengagements in absehbarer Zukunft zurücklegen muss. Gleichgewichtsprobleme im Zusammenhang mit seiner Krankheit machen es ihm äußerst schwer, in Opernproduktionen aufzutreten. Dmitri Hvorostovsky wird sich nun auf seine Gesundheit und seine Behandlung konzentrieren.

„Seit Monaten kämpft Dmitri mit viel Kraft und Tapferkeit gegen seine Krankheit und soeben hat er mit viel Engagement und Erfolg wunderbar den Giorgio Germont in La traviata bei uns gesungen, obwohl er in Behandlung war. Es ist verständlich, dass er sich nun auf seine Genesung konzentrieren wird. Dafür wünschen wir ihm von Herzen das Beste!“, so Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer.

Von den Absagen nicht betroffen ist Dmitri Hvorostovskys Solistenkonzert an der Wiener Staatsoper am 7. März 2017 – die Wiener Staatsoper freut sich auf seine Rückkehr.


  • Lois Silverstein says:

    Thank you for your many gifts shared, your candor, your human grace and dignity.

  • mhetzel says:

    Last May we shared the lift at the hotel in Vienna and he looked so full of life, energetic and fit. Sad news indeed.

  • Arja Voimäki says:

    Just want say: Thank you for moments in Malmö!! I m gonna find you some day, somewhere…………….

  • John Borstlap says:

    May music heal him.

  • Olga says:

    It’s very sad, but Dmitri made a right decision. If he still continues to give concerts, it will be greatly appreciated by everyone who loves his marvelous voice. Just want to wish him to take good care and to stay strong.

  • Marg says:

    All the best in your recovery to full health. Your voice and opera performances have been so inspiring to me. Sending you good energy!

  • de Pimodan Marie Françoise says:

    Oh how I love your singing !!!! Please take care and get better. With much love.

  • Linda says:

    Hoping for a speedy recovery. .I so love to hear you sing….get well soon…..

  • Susie says:

    I am so sorry that you are not well, and ever grateful for every time I have seen and heard you perform — you have given us all a great gift, and please know how grateful I am for your hard work and dedication in uplifting all of us, for so long. I pray to be near your sublime artistry as much as possible -love to you and your family

  • Charles Paolino says:

    We saw the HD broadcast of your heroic return to the Met stage last season. We pray that God will guide your physicians in healing you.

  • Rob Balde says:

    Wish you all the best with the treatment. At the moment your health has absolute priority. Thank you for all the great treats you have brought to the world of music lovers with your beautiful singing and great acting in operas. We look forward to hearing and seeing you perform again after they have cured you!

  • Olga says:

    Dear Dima, your performances at the Metropolitan Opera through the years were real treat! I did not miss any role you have so greatly performed. Your voice, acting and charisma are unbelievable. The last performance of in Il Trovatore on he Met stage was sensational. All white roses tossed by the orchestra on the stage from the orchestra pit was a great celebration of your enormous talent. Wish you strength for coping with the health issues and return to the stage. Sorry not going to see you singing Onegin. Love to you and your family.

  • Angel Aguilar says:

    I had the privilege to attend your last recital in chicago earlier this yr.
    What a treat. You are magnificent!
    All I can say, is good luck, and hope you get well.
    Look forward to your next concert.