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Watch Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Surprise Return to the Met Opera

In surprise appearance, Dmitri Hvorostovksy celebrates the Met at 50

Watch Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Surprise Return to the Met Opera

It was a return to the stage that some feared would never happen again

Video: In surprise appearance, Dmitri Hvorostovksy celebrates the Met at 50

Dmitri Hvorostovsky made a surprise appearance at the Metropolitan Opera’s gala Sunday evening, celebrating the institution’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center. Audiences greeted the Siberian baritone with a standing ovation as he took the stage to perform “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” from Verdi’s Rigoletto.

The baritone sings “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” from Verdi’s "Rigoletto," in a surprise performance at the gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Met Opera's home at Lincoln Center. By THE METROPOLITAN OPERA on Publish Date May 8, 2017. .

Last year the beloved Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky withdrew from staged opera — including a run of “Eugene Onegin” performances at the Metropolitan Opera — because of a brain tumor. When it opened without him, the soprano Anna Netrebko and the other members of the cast held white roses during their ovations in tribute.

But Mr. Hvorostovsky made a surprise return to the Met on Sunday night, and his performance became the emotional high point of an all-star gala concert — and the payoff of a plan that had been quietly set in motion less than two weeks earlier.

It was Mr. Hvorostovsky’s success at an April 25 concert in Toronto — where he appeared alongside Ms. Netrebko, his longtime friend — that led Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met, to invite him to appear at the company’s gala celebrating its 50 years at Lincoln Center.

“The concert went very well, and a few days later I spoke with him when he was back in London,” Mr. Gelb said. “He told me that his doctors encouraged him to keep singing, and that every day he had been working out physically and singing every day, and he said he really wanted to come to New York and be part of the gala.”

But the two men kept it quiet: Mr. Hvorostovsky’s health has been unpredictable, and he was forced to cancel several recitals this year. “We agreed that we would keep it a surprise,” Mr. Gelb said, “just to make sure that he really was going to be well enough to do it.”

No announcement was made, and Mr. Hvorostovsky’s name was not in the programs, though rumors began to swirl in the gossipy opera world. Mr. Gelb asked his production team to prepare a projection of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” the opera Mr. Hvorostovsky planned to sing a selection from. The orchestra was not told until a last-minute rehearsal on Sunday afternoon — the loudspeaker that summons singers to the stage did not use his name — but when he strode onto the stage for the run-through they applauded him wildly.

Jessica Phillips, a clarinet player, said that even musicians who were not performing the “Rigoletto” aria crowded into the pit to pay their respects. “The orchestra has a lot of love for him,” she said.

The gala audience was not let in on the secret until Mr. Gelb walked onstage on Sunday to make the announcement in the middle of the concert. “It’s my honor to introduce one of the most wonderful and greatest artists, who has defied all the odds and the gods to be here tonight,” he said.

Mr. Hvorostovsky, 54, strode out, squared his feet and bent over, suggesting Rigoletto, the hunchback jester he was playing. Then he sang a searing, poignant “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata.” When it was over the audience cheered him with a long standing ovation, which continued as he blew kisses to the audience and touched his heart in gratitude.

Nearly two years ago Mr. Hvorostovsky, who has appeared at the Met nearly 200 times since his debut in 1995, announced that he had a brain tumor. Since then he has given some memorable performances, but in December he announced that he was withdrawing from all staged opera performances “for the foreseeable future.”

Mr. Hvorostovsky said that balance problems associated with his illness made appearing in full productions impossible, but that he intended to continue making recordings and giving recitals. Later that month Tass reported that he had been hospitalized with pneumonia, and he canceled several recitals planned for Kaliningrad, Russia; Minsk, Belarus; and the Vienna State Opera. (Mr. Hvorostovsky, who was traveling on Monday, declined an interview request.)

“I had been greatly looking forward to these recitals, and it truly pains me to have to withdraw from them,” he said in a statement in February. “However, right now I must follow doctor’s orders and focus on my recovery.”

But since then he has returned to recitals. Next month a recording of “Russia Cast Adrift,” in which he sings a newly orchestrated version of a song cycle by the Russian composer Georgy Sviridov, will be released on Delos; in October the label plans to release a recording of “Rigoletto” featuring Mr. Hvorostovsky in the title role.

Mr. Hvorostovsky appeared on Sunday at the dinner that followed the gala concert, and on Monday morning, before flying back home to London, he spoke with Mr. Gelb.

“He said to me this morning,” Mr. Gelb recalled, “that the performance last night had given him new life, and hope.”

Dmitiri Hvorostovsky: A 2017 Met Opera Gala Surprise

Dmitri Hvorostovsky's Surprise Performance at the Met Opera 50th Anniversary Gala

On Sunday, May 7, the Metropolitan Opera celebrated its 50th year in Lincoln Center. The Anniversary Gala brought some of the opera’s finest voices together in one room as they performed favorites from the past, and sang musical visions of the future.

But it was Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky who delivered the ultimate surprise, performing “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” from Verdi’s Rigoletto before an adoring crowd. It was Hvorostovsky's first performance at the Met Opera since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015. His illness forced a career hiatus as he sought treatment, though he has returned to the stage for recitals. Most recently, in Toronto this past April, Hvorostovsky performed alongside Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvasoz.

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The Emotional Core of the Night

But before I do that I want to highlight possibly the most emotionally riveting moment of the entire evening. Halfway through the first half of the 5-hour gala, general manager Peter Gelb came on stage to deliver a surprise announcement – Dmitri Hvorostovsky would be singing “Cortigiani! Vil Razza!” The audience exploded with passionate applause as the baritone, who has been battling cancer for the last few years, walked onstage. He delivered the opening sections of the aria with a bitter quality, his sound pointed and shrewd. But the second half of the aria, during which Rigoletto begs for clemency showcased Hvorostovsky at his most passionate, his phrasing rising with intensity at each plea. When put into the scope of his own personal plight, this scene and choice of aria really struck an emotional chord. That was undeniably the winner of the emotional moment of the night.

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