Los Angeles Opera’s James Conlon to undergo colon surgery

James Conlon conducting at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 2011.
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James Conlon, music director of Los Angeles Opera, will have surgery to have part of his colon removed. The 63-year-old conductor is suffering from an inflamed portion of his colon as a result of diverticulitis, the company said.

The surgery, which will take place in New York, will force Conlon to miss scheduled performances at the Ravinia Festival on Aug. 17 and the La Jolla Music Society on Aug. 23. The conductor is scheduled to rest for three to four weeks following the procedure, according to his representative.

Diverticulitis is a condition involving the inflammation or infection of parts of the digestive tract.

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Conlon is expected to fully recover in time to conduct Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in October. His next scheduled L.A. Opera appearance will be conducting a production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” in November.


The canceled La Jolla appearance was to feature the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra performing Britten’s Simple Symphony and Prelude and Fugue. The program was part of L.A. Opera’s Britten100/LA Festival, honoring the centenary of Britten’s birth.


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