23. November 2017, by Opera News
A sad news arrived this morning. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, world-renowned Bariton passed away on November 22nd in London surrounded by his family. The official Hvorostovsky Facebook site made an official announcement this morning stating:
“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.”
Hvorostovsky studied singing in Krasnoyarsk and debuted at the local State Opera House as Marullo in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto.
He received international acclaim when he won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989 – ahead of his favourite Bryn Terfel.
His debut outside Russia took place in Nice the same year, where he was on stage in Queen of Spades. From then on, Hvorostovsky performed at most renowned opera houses worldwide: At the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, at the Metropolitan Opera, the London Opera House Covent Garden, the La Scala Theater in Milan and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.
In 2016 Hvorostovsky announced a temporary retirement from his numerous engagements worldwide because of a brain tumour. Dmitri Hvorostovsky is survived by his wife Florence and their three children Nina and Maxim and two children from his first marriage with Swetlana Hvorostovsky Dani and Alexandra.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky sing Russian folk song “Ноченька” (A Night) after winning BBC Cardiff Singers of the World International Competition!