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Placido Domingo hospitalized, will have gallbladder surgery

Placido Domingo hospitalized, will have gallbladder surgery
Placido Domingo conducting during a dress rehearsal for Los Angeles Opera's 2013 production of "Carmen" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Placido Domingo was admitted to a New York hospital late Tuesday after experiencing intense pain and is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder early next week, his spokeswoman said.

The 74-year-old tenor was in New York preparing for the Metropolitan Opera's production of "Tosca," which he was scheduled to conduct but not appear in. His spokeswoman said he was in the middle of a dress rehearsal yesterday when he experienced pain as well as vomiting and later went to the hospital.

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His spokeswoman said the singer was "resting more comfortably than he has been." She said Domingo's wife was currently in Spain but would be joining her husband soon.

The Met said in a release on Wednesday that Domingo was withdrawing from the first four performances of "Tosca." He is expected to return to the podium on Nov. 6.

The New York company said the surgery was expected to be minimally invasive and "will allow him to resume his activities after a brief hospital stay."

"Tosca" is set to open as scheduled on Oct. 16, conducted by Marco Armiliato.

In 2013, Domingo was hospitalized in Madrid for what was diagnosed as a pulmonary embolism resulting from a deep vein thrombosis. He made a full recovery.

Domingo underwent surgery in 2010 for a cancerous polyp in his colon that was found during a medical screening. He later said the surgery was successful.

The tenor serves as the general director of Los Angeles Opera and was recently in town for the company's season-opening double-bill production of "Gianni Schicchi" and "Pagliacci." He starred in the former production, directed by Woody Allen, and conducted the latter.

He is set to appear in a March concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, alongside soprano Renee Fleming, to celebrate L.A. Opera's 30th anniversary.

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