Russia: «Impossible to believe it» — Friends and colleagues react to Hvorostovsky's death

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... Еще 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.

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