Russian opera singer Hvorostovsky to be treated in London

Celebrated Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, will undergo medical treatment at one of London's cancer hospitals, a source close to the singer's family told Interfax on June 25.

"Dmitri will have a course of treatment at London's cancer hospital Royal Marsden," the source said.

It was announced on Thursday that internationally acclaimed baritone Hvorostovsky had been diagnosed with brain tumor.

A report posted on the singer's Facebook account says: "It is with great regret that Dmitri must cancel all performances from now until the end of August. He has recently been suffering from serious health issues, and a brain tumor has just been diagnosed. Although his voice and vocal condition are normal, his sense of balance has been severely affected. Dmitri will begin treatment this week and remains very optimistic for the future."

It remains unknown how long his treatment may take.

"The doctors cannot say anything for certain until more detailed tests are conducted," the source said.

Hvorostovsky is currently in London with his family, he said.

"Dmitri is in London. His wife Florence, their son and daughter are with him," the source said.

Hvorostovsky was born on October 16, 1962. In 1985, he graduated from a teachers' training college in Krasnoyarsk and the Krasnoyarsk Institute of the Arts. Afterwards, Hvorostovsky was a soloist of the Krasnoyarsk State Theater of Opera and Ballet. Hvorostovsky gained international fame in 1989 when he won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He has performed on stages of the world's best opera theaters, including Metropolitan Opera (New York), Covent Garden (London) and Vienna State Opera.


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