From his official Facebook page:  “On behalf of the Hvorostovsky family, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky – beloved operatic baritone, husband, father, son, and friend – at age 55. After a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer, he died peacefully this morning, November 22, surrounded by family near his home in London, UK. May the warmth of his voice and his spirit always be with us.”

Hvorostovsky made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1996 as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and his last role with the company was Count di Luna in Il trovatore in 2009.