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Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died at the age of 55 following a lengthy illness. In late June 2015, the singer, who has lived in London for many years, announced that he was suffering from a brain tumor. Dmitri Hvorostovsky died in London at 3:36 am London time, RIA Novosti reports, citing Russian musician Dmitry Malikov. His family has confirmed his passing.

After his opera debut in “The Queen of Spades” by Tchaikovsky in Nice in 1989, Hvorostovsky was invited to perform at the world’s best opera houses and participate in recognized opera festivals such as the Royal Theater of Covent Garden (London, UK), Metropolitan Opera (New York, USA), Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera (Munich, Germany), La Scala (Milan, Italy), the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival.

Vanity Fair summed the Siberian baritone up by describing the silver-haired opera star thus; “He is sending aficionados the world over into a collective swoon.” W Magazine described the velvet-voiced singer as ‘opera’s reigning, and perhaps its one and only hunk.”

The periodical should stick to vacuous celebrity gossip, reviews and pictures. The world of operas is globally renowned for ethnic-European drop-dead-gorgeous sopranos, tenors and baritones. But never mind that, October 16 marks the 55th birthday of arguably the most famous baritone in recording history.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Audiences the world over are intrigued by the baritone’s platinum-coated voice, innate sense of musical line and natural legato. The outstanding singer has appeared at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Salzburg Festival, La Scala Milan, Vienna State Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera.

A celebrated recitalist in demand in every corner of the globe, from the Far East to the Middle East, from Australia to South America, Dmitri has appeared at Wigmore Hall, London; Carnegie Hall, New York; the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow; the Liceu, Barcelona; the Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and the Musikverein, Vienna.

Dmitri retains a strong musical and personal contact with Russia. He became the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus on Red Square in Moscow. This outstanding event was televised in over 25 countries.

Known by the company one keeps, his co-stars and friends include celebrated artists Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko, Barbara Frittoli, Elina Garanca, Sumi Jo, Sondra Radvanovsky, Jonas Kaufmann, Marcello Giordani and Ildar Abdrazakov.

Recently it was reported that the acclaimed opera star had passed away. The reports, carried on the BBC News website, were completely without foundation. Some months ago, Dmitri asked all media not to circulate any reports about his health that did not originate from himself or his family. The artist, 54, is receiving treatment for brain cancer.


Earth is empty when you’re not around;
Minutes flow like hours, and hours like days.
Still, the orchard leaves keep falling down,
And the cabs keep rushing on their ways.
Oh, how empty has the world become without you.
And you, you keep flying, and stars
Share with you all their tenderness . . .

In the age when partings rule the world,
Life is tougher yet for those who stay,
For to wait is harder than to risk
For the billion stars dividing us.

As the radiation storm is raging below,
I still feel you down there on Earth
Sending me all your tenderness . . .

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