Placido Domingo Hospitalized in Spain with Embolism

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 04:00 PM

Plácido Domingo Sings Baritone in “Simon Boccanegra” at the Met Plácido Domingo Sings Baritone in “Simon Boccanegra” at the Met (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Opera singer Placido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs.

Domingo's representative says the 72-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but will have to miss several appearances scheduled for later this month. He was admitted to the hospital Monday in Madrid.

Doctors say the pulmonary embolism was caused by a blood clot.

The singer's representative, Nancy Seltzer, says doctors have asked the Spanish tenor and conductor to rest for three to four weeks, but that healing time varies. His return to the stage will depend on how quickly he regains his strength.

It's not the first time Domingo has faced a serious medical condition.

Domingo returned to the stage just 45 days after undergoing colon cancer surgery in 2010 and has maintained a vigorous schedule and displayed an uncommon vitality at an age when most stars have stepped away from the spotlight.

He is the most visible opera singer in the world and has performed more than 140 roles, expanding his repertoire to include baritone roles in the past half-decade. The Three Tenors member also recently was named the new goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for his efforts in spreading classical music around the world.

Domingo has canceled his five performances in Daniel Catan's "Il Postino," which were to begin July 17 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as an appearance on July 21 at Plaza Mayor.

 

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Dottie and Arthur de Silva from North Port, Florida, USA

Dear Maestro Domingo and Family, Our prayers are with you for a quick and complete recovery and return to your wonderful Operatic Performances in time for the upcoming season. We have had the priviledge and pleasure of seeing you at the MET when you stepped in for Franco Corelli in a performance of "Il Trovatore" in 1968. We last saw you in 1996 in a masterful performance of "Otello" now on DVD. We now see you perform at the MET in HD at the Regal Movie in Port Charlotte Florida. May God Bless you and keep you singing in magnificent form for many years to come. With our Love and Hugs, Dottie and Art

Jul. 14 2013 11:48 AM
Dottie and Arthur de Silva from North Port, Florida, USA

Dear Maestro Domingo and Family, Our prayers are with you for a quick and complete recovery and return to your wonderful Operatic Performances in time for the upcoming season. We have had the priviledge and pleasure of seeing you at the MET when you stepped in for Franco Corelli in a performance of "Il Trovatore" in 1968. We last saw you in 1996 in a masterful performance of "Otello" now on DVD. We now see you perform at the MET in HD at the Regal Movie in Port Charlotte Florida. May God Bless you and keep you singing in magnificent form for many years to come. With our Love and Hugs, Dottie and Art

Jul. 14 2013 11:48 AM
Ruth Conner from New York

God bless and keep you, Mr. Domingo. We love you!

Jul. 12 2013 12:01 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, NB= Boonton, NJ

PLACIDO DOMINGO for all his talents as singer, conductor, administer, voice contest host and actor, his astonishing friendly relations with all and sundry is one of the rarest of achievements in this highly competitive world. His wide range of roles, and more roles than most singers, even more than NICOLAI GEDDA, is something spectacular considering also the high quality of his enterprises artistic and administrative. Be well soon and continue to thrill your audiences for many years to come !!!

Jul. 10 2013 07:24 PM
Anne Engels from Clancy, Montana

A significantly serious problem. I certainly hope he has talented physicians who will ensure Mr Domingo's return to wellness and continued good health.
He is such a gift to those of us who enjoy his wonderful talents.

Jul. 10 2013 03:04 PM
susan from New York City

Placido, espero de todo corazon que te mejores rapido. El mundo operatico reza por ti.

Translation: With all my heart I hope you get better quickly. The operatic world prays for you.

Jul. 10 2013 02:06 PM
Geraldine

I hope all is well with him. He is one of my favorite tenors, #1, after Andrea Bocelli. Many blessings upon his health and his family.

Jul. 10 2013 01:06 PM
beachsiggy from NYC

Latest report is the Maestro is doing fine, and expected to make a full recovery.

Jul. 10 2013 12:19 PM

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