Placido Domingo returns to stage at Salzburg Festival

Placido Domingo returns to stage at Salzburg Festival
Placido Domingo during a recent rehearsal for "Giovanna d'Arco" at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. (Silvia Lelli / Salzburg Festival)

Plácido Domingo has returned to the stage for the first time since he was hospitalized in July after suffering a pulmonary embolism. The 72-year-old tenor performed at the Salzburg Festival in Austria on Tuesday evening, alongside soprano Anna Netrebko in a concert version of Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco."

The performance, conducted by Paolo Carignani, took place at the festival's Felsenreitschule venue and also featured singers Francesco Meli, Roberto Tagliavini and Johannes Dunz.


A spokeswoman for Domingo said the audience gave a standing ovation after Tuesday's performance. The program is scheduled to repeat on Saturday and next Tuesday.

In early July, Domingo was taken to a hospital after experiencing intense pain while in Madrid. He was later diagnosed as having suffered a pulmonary embolism and was ordered to rest for three to four weeks.

The tenor had to cancel all five of his scheduled "Il Postino" performances at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Later this month, Domingo is expected to travel to Verona, Italy, where he will preside over Operalia, his annual competition for young opera singers.

Domingo is the general director of Los Angeles Opera and is scheduled to conduct the company's season-opening production of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in September.