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Dark of the moon

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore—February 3, 6, 9, and 13 matinee—due to his ongoing treatment for a brain tumor. Juan Jesús Rodríguez will sing di Luna in these performances, making his Met debut.” So says the Met press office.

  • I hope things are ok with Dmitri…

    And for those who said Juan Jesus Who?

    And I am going to bring it to the gutter and say “Ole tus huevos, que hay que ver lo bueno que estas majo!”

  • bluecabochon

    Carnegie Hall has made no cancellation announcement about his February 17 concert on their website. Worrying news.

  • Camille

    Uh-oh. If that Carnegie concert is still on it’ll be imPOSSible to get tickets. I am very sorry to hear of this cancellation as I had hope things were progressing for our dear Dmitri.

  • Porgy Amor

    I would not take this to mean things are going badly on the health front. Hvorostovsky has tried to keep as many of his existing commitments as he could, but he and his doctors have to coordinate a treatment schedule, and the diagnosis was only made in June. We always knew it was a serious condition and he had a long road ahead. No one would have been able to say a bad word about him if he had canceled all of the Count di Lunas, and the London Onegins, et cetera.

    I like what I hear from his replacement, who seems to have sung almost exclusively in Spain so far. A lot of Verdi: Rigoletto, Count di Luna, Giorgio Germont, Rodrigo, Iago, Ford, plus a few verismo roles.

  • Constantine A. Papas

    Good replacement; secure and big sound from top to bottom but no one can beat Dimitri’s refined and aristocratic legato, especially in the upper register. We all wish Dimitri Merry Christmas and a speedy recovery. No information has been given as to the nature of the tumor or the treatment: radiation or chemotherapy. It’s possible that some unforeseen complications arose after his last HD appearance that compelled him to withdraw from future performances.