On Wednesday, in Toronto, Dmitri Hvorostovsky did a concert with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov. There are some obvious things to notice. First, he is obviously still having balance issues. If you study him, you will note that he is learning to compensate. I suspect with some physical therapy. He is too thin. But, the voice is magnificent.
His Dublin concert, scheduled for yesterday was canceled, for additional medical treatment. His next scheduled event in in June, in Austria. There is one obvious thing, here. He looks much better than he did in December, that’s for sure.
“…Soprano Anna Netrebko, tenor (and husband) Yusif Eyvazov and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky teamed up to treat Toronto to a one-night-only special of operatic works, with a heavy focus on Russian repertoire. This concert was something of a miracle, with heft, heart and plenty of soul.
The main miracle was, of course, the triumphant return of Hvorostovsky to the stage following his announcement last December that he would be withdrawing from staged opera productions “for the foreseeable future,” having been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.
Given a hero’s welcome as he walked onstage (following a dramatic opening by the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra of Verdi’s overture to La forza del destino), the black-clad Hvorostovsky delivered a blistering performance of an aria from Anton Rubinstein’s rarely performed opera The Demon, before going on to perform five more works, including a thunderous aria from Verdi’s Rigoletto as well as a rousing encore…”
It was a good week for his fans, all of whom, myself included, are hoping and praying for any kind of good news.