Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels festival

The Russian baritone who is receiving treatment for brain cancer has pulled out of the Georges Enesco Festival, ‘due to medical problems’, it was announced today in Bucharest.

Hvorostovsk’s recital will be taken over by Kristine Opolais, who is trying to learn a work by Enesco in the next two weeks.


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  • Sadly, the writing has been on the wall for a long time now. I pity his enablers, particularly his fierce female fans, all of them unwilling to face reality and the inevitable.

    • He dislocated his shoulder in May after the concert in St Petersburg when he seems to have had a bad fall. This particular photo is from the concert in Krasnoyarsk a few weeks after that when, I must say, he looked very worn out and exhausted. The concert in Grafenegg was better but he was limping badly and couldn’t use his right arm. Whatever is going on, we need to be holding him and his family in our thoughts and prayers, if we pray.

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