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Placido Domingo to undergo preventive surgery in New York

February 22, 2010 | 12:16 pm

Domingo Plácido Domingo is scheduled to have preventive surgery after experiencing physical discomfort and lower abdominal pain for more than a week during his recent appearances in Tokyo.

Domingo, 69, has flown to New York from Tokyo, where he has already undergone one procedure, according to his spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer. She said that Domingo decided to fly to New York for a complete physical and that doctors have determined that the tenor needs to undergo "medically recommended preventive surgery."

She declined to be more specific about the nature of Domingo's health problems.

The surgery throws Domingo's future appearances this season into question.

Seltzer said Domingo would miss performances of "Tamerlano" in London that were scheduled to begin March 5.

She said that it was "hoped" that the tenor would be able to return to his performance schedule in about six weeks. "Hopefully, he will be back even sooner," she said.

Domingo is scheduled to perform in "Simon Boccanegra" in Berlin on March 27 and at La Scala in Milan in April. He is also set to perform in "Die Walküre" as part of Los Angeles Opera's "Ring" cycle starting May 30.

"It is his intention to honor these commitments," Seltzer said. She added that Domingo's wife, Marta, and one of his sons were with him in New York.

-- David Ng

Photo: Placido Domingo arrives at the Grammy Awards in L.A. in January. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images for NARAS

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