This is something totally unexpected
It has been confirmed that the tenor, Toby Spence, is recovering after receiving treatment for thyroid cancer. The singer was diagnosed in December and his thyroid and several lymph nodes where successfully removed from his neck in February.
Spence said in statement: "My cancer was diagnosed the morning after I'd been on stage for the first performance of The Royal Opera's production of Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg.”
He continued: “It was a shock, especially with the cancer being so close to my vocal cords. The surgery has been a great success. My thyroid cancer was readily treatable and I have been in the hands of a first class medical team at University College London Hospital. They are delighted with my progress since the operation.
“Although I have had to allow time for the natural healing process to take its course, I am encouraged by my progress so far and feel hopeful that I will return to full vocal strength in the near future. I look forward to being back on stage before long, and am grateful to all those who have shown me support and who have sent me their good wishes. "
Spence will return to the stage on June at the English National Opera’s Billy Budd. He will sing the role of Captain Vere.