The Met mourns the untimely loss of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the great Russian baritone, who died last night at age 55 after a battle with brain cancer. Dmitri was a beloved figure at the Met and one of the world's most extraordinary operatic artists. He gave more than 180 Met performances since his 1995 debut in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades as Prince Yeletsky, a role that showcased his burnished sound and remarkable breath control. In his more than 20 years with the Met, he gave unforgettable performances of Germont in La Traviata, Andrei in War and Peace, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, and the title roles of Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, and Eugene Onegin, among others. Just last May, while suffering from a brain tumor, Dmitri gave a heroic surprise appearance at the Met's 50th Anniversary Gala to the thrill of the audience, the company, and all his fellow artists. "Dmitri was one of opera's all-time greats, truly an artist for the ages," said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. "In addition to his astounding vocal gifts, he had an electrifying stage presence and a charisma that won over both his adoring audiences and his devoted colleagues. He will be sorely missed by the entire Metropolitan Opera family." The Met sends deepest condolences to Dmitri's wife, Florence, and his four children, Maxim, Nina, Alexandra, and Daniel. Peter Gelb, General Manager James Levine, Music Director Emeritus Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Music Director Designate Ann Ziff, Chairman Judith-Ann Corrente, President & CEO
Published by New York Times on Nov. 23, 2017.