Phases of the moon

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Met this season, on October 7, 10, and 17. Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June, will sing the opening performances of the opera at the Met as scheduled (September 25 and 29, and October 3 matinee), then return to London for continued treatment.” So says the Met’s press department. But wait, there’s more!  

Vitaliy Bilyy will sing di Luna on October 7, 10, and 17, a role he performed at the Met in 2010.”