Eminent Siberian operatic baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died from a brain tumor – aged just 55.
“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,” his family have said in a statement.
“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.”
DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY | METROPOLITAN OPERA | TRIBUTE | NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017
A graduate of the Krasnoyarsk School of Arts, where he studied with Yekaterina Yofel, Dmitri was a former 1st prize winner at the 1987 Russian Glinka Competition, 1988 Toulouse Singing Competition and the 1989 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition – beating out local favorite Bryn Terfel in the final round.
He went on to sing at virtually every major opera house in the world – including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Berlin State Opera, La Scala and the Vienna State Opera.
He is survived by his wife, Florence, and four children.
Our condolences are with Dmitri’s family, friends, colleagues and students.