MADRID – World-renowned tenor Placido Domingo was admitted to a hospital in his native city, Madrid, on Monday to be treated for a pulmonary embolism resulting from a deep vein thrombosis.
According to his spokesperson, Nancy Seltzer, the 72-year-old felt severe pain and went to the hospital, where he remains, but is expected to make a full recovery.
“The doctor has asked him to rest for three to four weeks,” Seltzer told ARTINFO. “But knowing Placido, he tends to return sooner than expected.”
A statement from Seltzer’s office confirmed he will cancel his performances in Daniel Catan’s “Il Postino,” scheduled to begin at the Teatro Real in Madrid on July 17, as well as a performance he was conducting at Madrid’s Plaza Mayor on July 21.
In “Il Postino,” Domingo was to play Chilean poet Pablo Naruda, a role he originated in 2010 at L.A. Opera where the tenor serves as general director.
The Teatro Real production is a co-production with L.A. Opera, which said in a statement: “All of us at L.A. Opera wish Maestro Domingo a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.”
Pulmonary thrombosis is caused when a deep vein is blocked by a blood clot. The clot sometimes breaks off and can travel to the lung, where it can be life threatening. It occurs most commonly following air travel.
It is treated with thinners to keep the blood moving around the clot, which usually dissolves on its own. In extreme circumstances, catheter-directed thrombolysis is used to inject clot-busting drugs to break up the clot.
Domingo’s family is with him in Madrid. He is expected to have recovered in time to be in Los Angeles in September, when he will conduct a revival of Teatro Real’s original production of “Carmen.”