Placido Domingo has been hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism. The embolism was reportedly caused by a blood clot inside his lung. The 72-year-old was treated in Madrid and is currently in recovery.
Domingo’s scheduled performance in Daniel Catan’s Il Postino has been cancelled through July 21.
As reported by ABC News, Domingo is expected to make a full recovery. However, his doctors have encouraged him rest until he regains his strength. Convincing him to remain off stage may prove difficult.
Placido Domingo is notorious for having a strong will and unrelenting work ethic. In 2010 Domingo underwent surgery for colon cancer. He returned to the stage in less than two months and continued his vigorous schedule.
Despite his age, Domingo maintains a full schedule. Throughout his career he has performed over 140 roles. He is best known as one of the Three Tenors. However, he has performed many baritone roles as well.
In addition to his acclaims onstage, Domingo was recently honored with the title of goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization for his commitment to music and the arts.
As discussed at PlacidoDomingo.com, Domingo has performed more roles than “any other celebrated tenor in history.” He began singing as a child as both his parents were performers.
At the age of 18 Domingo made his debut with Mexico’s National Opera. By the age of 20, Domingo was promoted to a leading tenor.
Domingo has been called “The King of Opera” and “the greatest operatic artist of modern times.”
Although he has faced some medical issues in recent years, Domingo continues to wow audiences around the world.
Placido Domingo’s representatives state that if his recovery continues as planned he hopes to return to the stage during the Salzburg Festival in August.
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