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March 8, 2010

Official update on Placido Domingo's condition after surgery

Confirming the upbeat assessment I heard from a few folks last week, here's the statement released by Placido Domingo's publicist:

Placido Domingo (69) was discharged Sunday, March 7 from Mount Sinai hospital in New York City after undergoing laparoscopic surgery to successfully remove a localized malignant polyp in his colon, it was announced by his representative Nancy Seltzer.

Mr. Domingo is expected to make a full recovery.

Per his doctors orders Mr. Domingo will rest for 6 weeks. His exact return to his performing engagements remains subject to how fast he can heal and regain his characteristic strength. It is however anticipated that his first singing performance will be in "Simon Boccanegra" at La Scala on April 16, 2010.

He continues his administrative responsibilities as General Director of Los Angeles and Washington National Operas during his recuperation.

Posted by Tim Smith at 11:13 AM | | Comments (3)


Associated Press's fncking headline is going to give some people a heart attack.

What a relief. Let's hope he quickly recovers.

...sorry I still can't get over the folly of how this has been reported. There is a difference between having cancer and having surgery to prevent cancer. In the former case, it's absolute madness to write nonchalantly that someone is returning to the stage in less than a month. Am I really the only one who thinks this has been incredibly irresponsibly written up, apparently by AP but if not, then by Domingo's spokesperson?

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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