Tenor, conductor Plácido Domingo, 72, hospitalized in Madrid

Former Washington National Opera general director treated for lung embolism. Photo: Scott Suchman for WNO

MADRID - Opera singer and former Washington National Opera General Director Plácido Domingo was hospitalized and successfully treated Monday in Madrid for a blockage of a lung artery. The ailment was described as “a pulmonary embolism resulting from a deep vein thrombosis,” in a statement released by Mr. Domingo’s publicist Nancy Seltzer. 

Doctors have asked the Spanish-born tenor and conductor to rest for three to four weeks, as healing time varies depending on the individual. 

Plácido Domingo (R) and soprano Patricia Racette (L) in a Washington National Opera performance of Gluck’s Iphigénie in 2011. (Credit: Scott Suchman)

Ms. Seltzer’s release indicated that the 72-year-old opera great is expected to make a full recovery, but will likely have to miss at least two upcoming performances that were scheduled for later this month. “His exact return to his performing engagements remains subject to how fast he can heal and regain his characteristic strength,” she wrote. 

Mr. Domingo’s cancelations include upcoming scheduled appearances in Daniel Catan’s “Il Postino,” which were to begin July 17 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as an appearance on July 21 at Plaza Mayor. 

    —AP contributed to this report

SEE RELATED: Final curtain: Domingo to depart Washington National Opera

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