Opera singer Placido Domingo cancels shows to undergo surgery

Tenor Placido Domingo will undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder next week, forcing him to miss performances he was due to conduct at New York's Metropolitan Opera, it said on Wednesday.

Opera singer Placido Domingo cancels shows to undergo surgery
Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

The 74-year-old Spaniard, considered the world's most famous living opera singer, had been scheduled to conduct Puccini's Tosca, which opens on Friday.

But Domingo – who has had a series of health scares in recent years – was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering inflammation of his gallbladder and will undergo an operation early next week, the Met said.

“It is expected that this minimally invasive procedure will allow him to resume his activities after a brief hospital stay,” the Met said in a statement.

Domingo plans to return to the Met to conduct on November 6th, it said. The opera house had initially advertised his return date as November 2nd.

Conductor Marco Armiliato, a veteran of Met opera productions, will step in for Friday's season premiere, with another Italian, Paolo Carignani, leading three performances later this month.

In 2013, Domingo was hospitalized in Spain for the blockage of a lung artery, and in 2010 he underwent surgery for colon cancer.

But Domingo maintains an active schedule and is due in April to return to the Met to sing in Verdi's “Simon Boccanegra.”

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Spanish opera star Placido Domingo tests positive for coronavirus

Spanish opera star Placido Domingo said Sunday he had tested positive for the new coronavirus, adding he and his family were "in good health".

Spanish opera star Placido Domingo tests positive for coronavirus
File photo of Placido Domingo performing during the dress rehearsal of "Spanish Night" at the 150th Choregie in Orange, , July 2019. Photo: AFP

“I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus,” the 79-year-old wrote on his Facebook page.    

“My family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary. Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive.”   

He encouraged his followers to wash their hands regularly, keep their distance from one another and follow the advice of experts before ending his statement with a word of encouragement.

“Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon,” he said.    

The Spanish icon, who won worldwide acclaim in the 1990s as one of the Three Tenors alongside Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, has since August been engulfed in a sexual harassment scandal.

He is accused of forcibly kissing, grabbing and fondling women over a period of more than 30 years.