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Hvorostovsky withdraws from staged opera because of tumor

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/8/2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from a staged opera performance because of treatment for a brain tumor.

The 54-year-old Russian baritone was diagnosed with the tumor in June 2015. He was given emotional receptions when he appeared that fall as the Count di Luna in Verdi's "Il Trovatore" at New York's Metropolitan Opera and the title character in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" at London's Royal Opera.

He sang four performances last month as Giorgio Germont in Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Vienna State Opera and was due to star in a revival of "Onegin" at the Met next April.

"I have been experiencing balance issues associated with my illness, making it extremely difficult for me to perform in staged productions," Hvorostovsky said in a statement Thursday.

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