The great Russian baritone retired from the opera stage 10 months ago as a result of brain cancer.
Next month, Delos will release what may be his final recording of a full opera.
From the press release: On November 10, 2017, Delos releases Rigoletto [DE 3522], a new full-length studio recording of Verdi’s beloved opera featuring internationally acclaimed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role. Renowned conductor Constantine Orbelian leads the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Men of the Kaunas State Choir, and a distinguished cast including rising star soprano, Nadine Sierra (Gilda); tenor Francesco Demuro (Duke of Mantua); bass Andrea Mastroni, (Sparafucile); and mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova (Maddalena). The recording also credits the invaluable contribution of Artistic Consultant John Fisher.
You can listen to an audio sample here.