9 July 2013

Plácido Domingo Hospitalized in Madrid after Experiencing Pulmonary Embolism

Plácido Domingo has been hospitalized in Spain after experiencing a pulmonary embolism.

Domingo, 72, was hospitalized in Madrid on Monday, according to his publicist. The Spanish singer, conductor and administrator has reportedly responded well to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery, though he has been advised by his doctors to rest for three or four weeks. According to his spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer, Domingo's return to the stage is contingent on when he regains his strength. Doctors have reported that the embolism — a blockage in an artery of the lungs — was caused by deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot that had formed in Domingo's leg.

Domingo's convalescence will preclude him from taking part in five performances at the Teatro Real of Daniel Catán's opera Il Postino, in which he was to have sung the role of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Domingo has previously sung the role in performances in Vienna and at Los Angeles Opera, where he serves as the company's general director. In addition to performances of Catan's opera, Domingo has been forced to withdraw from a concert at Madrid's Plaza Mayor scheduled for July 21, which was to have featured Domingo conducting the Orchestra Valencia. In August, Domingo is slated to sing the role of Giacomo in performances of Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco at the Salzburg Festival, and later that month he is scheduled to take the podium to conduct Aida at the Arena di Verona.  

One of opera's iconic figures, Domingo has rarely experienced health issues that have kept him away from the stage and the opera house during his six-decade performing career. In 2010, after convalescing for just forty-five days following surgery to remove a malignant  polyp from his colon, Domingo returned to the stage to take on the title role in performances of Simon Boccanegra at Teatro ala Scala. spacer 

More information can be found at the New York Times, CBS News and PlacidoDomingo.com

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