It was great sadness I heard of Dmitri Hvorostovsky's passing. It is not entirely unexpected, as he has been battling brain cancer, but it is devastating news. We were still hoping he'd find a way to beat it. He was a delightful baritone to watch in the Met broadcasts. The last performance I saw him in was in Il Trovatore, and he was great in that. My condolences to his family, colleagues, and opera fans around the world who will sorely miss him.