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Toby Spence interview: 'The sounds that came out were terrifying’

Only months after thyroid surgery, the tenor Toby Spence was back on stage. He tells Rupert Christiansen about the pain and joy of recovering his voice .

3:23PM GMT 02 Jan 2013

It’s just over a year since the tenor Toby Spence garnered a big ovation and some of the best reviews he’d received in his life for his enchanting performance as the bumptious apprentice David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Covent Garden.

But Spence – aged 43, and approaching the peak of a distinguished international career – had no time to savour his success. On the morning after this triumphant first night, he was told that he had thyroid cancer.

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