Dmitri Hvorostovsky Hospital Rumor Untrue

By Francisco Salazar

Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health has been followed closely as the baritone undergoes chemotherapy.

Earlier this week media reports alleged that the baritone had been taken to the hospital. However, these rumors have been debunked by lawyer Pavel Astakhov.

Astakhov told TASS that the baritone was fine and had not been taken to the hospital. However, he refused to give more details about Hvorostovsky’s health.

In the summer of 2015, Hvorostovsky was diagnosed with a brain tumor and despite getting medical treatment, he continued performing and recording CDs.

However, in late September 2016, the singer had to withdraw from his engagements in Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” at the Vienna State Opera while in December 2016, he canceled his planned debut performances of Verdi’s “Don Carlos” at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. He later announced that he would not be performing in opera productions for the time being so he could concentrate on his treatment. That meant withdrawing from a highly anticipated revival of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” at the Metropolitan Opera with Anna Netrebko. However, he surprised fans and audiences earlier in May at the Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala when he performed an aria from Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” The baritone currently has no performances scheduled but he has been active on social media.