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Ohrid Summer Festival: Hvorostovsky ‘one of the brightest stars’ in festival’s history

The Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died aged 55.

The Russian singer, hailed as one of the world’s greatest, performed at the opening of the 2013 Ohrid Summer Festival giving ‘a spectacular concert,’ the festival’s organizers said Wednesday.

“The Ohrid Summer Festival regrets the great loss, the death of the world’s opera legend Dmitri Hvorostovsky. We will be forever grateful to this musical genius, who gave a spectacular performance at the opening of the 2013 Ohrid Summer Festival at the Antique Theater,” the festival’s directorate said in a statement.

Hvorostovsky, it added, will be forever embedded in the festival’s history as one of the greatest stars ever of the Ohrid Summer Festival.

The singer was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.

Hvorostovsky was born in Siberia and came to international attention in 1989, when he beat Bryn Terfel to win the Cardiff Singer of the World title. A career performing in all the major opera houses and concert halls followed, and he was hailed one of the world’s greatest baritones for the rich, expressive fluidity of his voice.