Placido Domingo to undergo surgery
Placido Domingo is expected to undergo surgery later this week after the internationally acclaimed tenor suffered abdominal pain during a recent performance in Tokyo.
Publicist Nancy Seltzer said Domingo - who has consequently pulled out of five performances at the Royal Opera House next month - will undergo the surgery at a New York hospital.
She said: "His doctors have determined that he needs to undergo 'medically recommended preventive surgery'."
She went on: "After surgery they will have a better idea when Placido Domingo will return to his performing schedule. It is hoped that it will be in about six weeks."
The spokeswoman did not comment on the tenor's illness, but told the New York Times: "Please know he's not having brain surgery and, knowing Placido, he will be working as they roll the gurney into surgery and again as he leaves recovery."
The Royal Opera House had made the unusual decision to offer a 20 per cent credit note to ticket holders "in recognition of the withdrawal of such an exceptional artist".
It is expected Domingo will have recovered in time to make his debut as a baritone in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at the venue in June.
The two performances were to have set a record as the first time a singer had appeared as both tenor and baritone in the same season at Covent Garden.
Domingo, whose performances were due to take place on March 5, 8, 11, 15 and 20, was said to have been tempted to consider retiring in 2007 but good box office results and the star's good shape meant he decided he should continue.