7 August 2013

Conductor James Conlon Forced to Cancel August Performances to Undergo Surgery

Conductor James Conlon, music director of LA Opera, the Ravinia Festival and the Cincinnati May Festival, has been forced to withdraw from performances during the month of August to undergo surgery to remove an inflamed portion of his colon as a result of diverticulitis.

Conlon is expected to make a full recovery following three to four weeks of recuperation after the surgery, which will take place in New York.

The affected performances include two August 17 Ravinia Festival performances of Britten's The Burning Fiery Furnace — featuring singers from Ravinia's Steans Music Institute and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — and an August 23 performance of Britten's Simple Symphony and Prelude and Fugue, which is to be presented by the La Jolla Music Society and Los Angeles Opera as part of LA Opera's Britten100/LA Festival. The Ravinia Festival performances have been cancelled, while Los Angeles Opera and La Jolla Music Society have not yet announced a replacement for the August 23 performance.

"James has made the Britten centennial a primary focus of his conducting around the world this year, so we hope to reschedule this project that was so special to him in a future season," Ravinia president and CEO Welz Kauffman said in a statement released by the festival. "In the meantime, we wish him a speedy recovery."

According to his publicist, Conlon is expected to have resumed normal activities by the time he is slated to conduct Metropolitan Opera performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream on October 11.

"James has more energy and drive than most people I know, and I know how eager he will be to return to his busy schedule," said LA Opera general director Plácido Domingo. "We all wish him a speedy recovery." spacer 

More information can be found at LA Opera, the Ravinia Festival and JamesConlon.com.

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