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Dima ToddNow this is a piece of (imaginary) casting so obvious you have to wonder if it hasn’t already happened and we missed it: Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Sweeney Todd.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore—February 3, 6, 9, and 13 matinee—due to his ongoing treatment for a brain tumor.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.

Artist’s name spelled correctly

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Brain Tumor Gone and Cancer-Free, to Sing at Helikon Opera in November,” reads the headline of an article that in no way states that the baritone is cancer-free or that his brain tumor is “gone.”


Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”

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The gleam of his smile

A clearly moved Hvorostovsky basked in the moment and momentarily broke character to acknowledge the love.

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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Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Met this season, on October 7, 10, and 17.

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Ermonla Jaho

Three nights in Paris

“Oh to be young and going to Paris for the first time,” exclaimed an elderly gentleman who donned his best sweatervest for a concert at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival this past August.

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“O, beware, my lord, of TRESemmé!”

Luxuriantly maned divos Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Roberto Alagna rehearse Otello.

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Evviva Las Vegas

Where else would you be this evening at 7:55, cher public, but in La Casa della Cieca whilst the season premiere of Rigoletto emanates from the Met?

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O fatal “Don”

The Met’s performance of Don Carlo Friday night was a tragedy, but not for the reason Verdi intended.

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