MOSCOW – Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky died on Wednesday at the age of 55 after battling brain cancer, his family said in a statement.
Holding a “People’s Artist of Russia” title – the country’s highest award given in the performing arts sphere – the singer possessed one of Russia’s most popular voices.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky – beloved operatic baritone, husband, father, son and friend – at age 55,” the family said.
“After a two-and-a-half year battle with brain cancer, he died peacefully this morning, Nov. 22, surrounded by family near his home in London,” added the statement, posted on Facebook.
He began his career in 1985 at the State Opera and Ballet Theater in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, central Russia, where he stayed for five years.
Hvorostovsky was thrown into the international spotlight in 1989 when he won the “BBC Cardiff Singer of the World” competition, opening doors to the most prestigious theaters.