The great Russian baritone died early today in London at the age of 55.
He was last seen singing in concert with his arm in a sling.
His death was announced by the family: ‘On behalf of the Hvorostovsky family, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky – beloved operatic baritone, husband, father, son, and friend – at age 55. After a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer, he died peacefully this morning, November 22, surrounded by family near his home in London, UK. May the warmth of his voice and his spirit always be with us.’
He is survived by his wife, Florence, and their children, Maxim and Nina, by twins from a previous marriage and by his parents, Alexander and Lyudmila.
He had been a star of the international opera stage for quarter of a century. The singing world is in shock.
UPDATE: Singers mourn Dima.