This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Russia: 'Impossible to believe it' - Friends and colleagues react to Hvorostovsky's death03:02

Russia: 'Impossible to believe it' - Friends and colleagues react to Hvorostovsky's death

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 22, 2017 at 08:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

The death of world famous opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky left his friends and colleagues reeling, in Moscow, Wednesday. Hvorostovsky died at his family home in London earlier in the day, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Vladimir Urin, lauded the late opera singer, saying that "God gave him a wonderful, expressive masculine charisma and an amazing artistry." Opera singer Elena Zelenskaya said that it was "impossible to believe it," adding that "almost a month ago, there were rumours that he wasn't with us anymore, and this time I thought that it was an evil joke again." The news also left opera singer Igor Golovatenko shocked, noting that "everyone believed in him winning the disease."

Hvorostovsky has suffered with ill-health since 2015, when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Born in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk in 1962, Hvorostovsky first came to the attention of international audiences when he won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

The operatic baritone quickly gained international recognition, performing at nearly all major opera houses including the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Vienna State Opera and La Scala in Milan.

Russia: 'Impossible to believe it' - Friends and colleagues react to Hvorostovsky's death03:02
No Account? Sign up!
Description

The death of world famous opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky left his friends and colleagues reeling, in Moscow, Wednesday. Hvorostovsky died at his family home in London earlier in the day, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Vladimir Urin, lauded the late opera singer, saying that "God gave him a wonderful, expressive masculine charisma and an amazing artistry." Opera singer Elena Zelenskaya said that it was "impossible to believe it," adding that "almost a month ago, there were rumours that he wasn't with us anymore, and this time I thought that it was an evil joke again." The news also left opera singer Igor Golovatenko shocked, noting that "everyone believed in him winning the disease."

Hvorostovsky has suffered with ill-health since 2015, when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Born in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk in 1962, Hvorostovsky first came to the attention of international audiences when he won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

The operatic baritone quickly gained international recognition, performing at nearly all major opera houses including the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Vienna State Opera and La Scala in Milan.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
Pool for subscribers only
02:14
Myanmar: Gunshots heard at mass anti-coup protest in YangonMyanmar: Gunshots heard at mass anti-coup protest in Yangon
February 28, 2021 at 22:43 GMT +00:00
04:23
Japan: ‘Mizugyo’ ritual participants purify bodies under freezing waterJapan: ‘Mizugyo’ ritual participants purify bodies under freezing water
March 1, 2021 at 02:01 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:49
ISS: NASA astronauts perform spacewalk to begin solar array upgrade processISS: NASA astronauts perform spacewalk to begin solar array upgrade process
February 28, 2021 at 20:10 GMT +00:00
01:26
Syria: Israeli missiles intercepted over Damascus - state mediaSyria: Israeli missiles intercepted over Damascus - state media
March 1, 2021 at 06:49 GMT +00:00
01:22
France: Sarkozy arrives in court to face verdict in corruption trialFrance: Sarkozy arrives in court to face verdict in corruption trial
March 1, 2021 at 12:55 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:23
Sudan: Russian frigate enters Port Sudan for first timeSudan: Russian frigate enters Port Sudan for first time
February 28, 2021 at 20:30 GMT +00:00
02:41
Israel: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews flout COVID restrix to celebrate Purim on streets of JerusalemIsrael: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews flout COVID restrix to celebrate Purim on streets of Jerusalem
February 28, 2021 at 18:16 GMT +00:00
00:59
France: Sarkozy leaves court after corruption verdictFrance: Sarkozy leaves court after corruption verdict
March 1, 2021 at 13:31 GMT +00:00
02:28
Iraq: Restoration of Virgin Mary statue decapitated by IS underway ahead of pope visitIraq: Restoration of Virgin Mary statue decapitated by IS underway ahead of pope visit
February 28, 2021 at 16:52 GMT +00:00
02:59
Thailand: Protester injured as thousands join anti-govt march to PM's army base home in BangkokThailand: Protester injured as thousands join anti-govt march to PM's army base home in Bangkok
February 28, 2021 at 17:24 GMT +00:00
03:25
Netherlands: Police break up rally by hundreds of COVID sceptics in AmsterdamNetherlands: Police break up rally by hundreds of COVID sceptics in Amsterdam
February 28, 2021 at 21:48 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:51
Italy: Archaeologists discover ancient Roman processional chariot near PompeiiItaly: Archaeologists discover ancient Roman processional chariot near Pompeii
February 28, 2021 at 11:28 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:55
Antarctica: Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice ShelfAntarctica: Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice Shelf
February 28, 2021 at 06:10 GMT +00:00
01:49
Armenia: Opposition accuse authorities of 'provocation attempts' during Yerevan rallyArmenia: Opposition accuse authorities of 'provocation attempts' during Yerevan rally
February 27, 2021 at 19:23 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:56
Armenia: PM Pashinyan labels presidents's decision not to fire head of General Staff as 'strange'Armenia: PM Pashinyan labels presidents's decision not to fire head of General Staff as 'strange'
February 28, 2021 at 17:49 GMT +00:00
05:58
Japan: Uni researchers find water from hot springs kills coronavirus in KusatsuJapan: Uni researchers find water from hot springs kills coronavirus in Kusatsu
February 28, 2021 at 15:31 GMT +00:00
04:35
Peruvian footballer Osama Vinladen proves that name shouldn't define his careerPeruvian footballer Osama Vinladen proves that name shouldn't define his career
March 1, 2021 at 06:07 GMT +00:00
View all videos