Placido Domingo's son says his dad has 'recuperated favorably'

Placido Domingo, the superstar Spanish tenor and conductor who also serves as L.A. Opera's general director, has "recuperated favorably," after spending nearly a week in a Madrid hospital to be treated for a pulmonary embolism, his son Álvaro Domingo said in an interview posted Monday on a Colombian radio station's website.

The elder Domingo is expected to make a full recovery. A day after his Saturday release from the hospital, he attended a dress rehearsal of Daniel Catan's opera "Il Postino" at Madrid's Teatro Real. He was scheduled to perform in the production but was obliged to cancel his appearance.

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Speaking in Spanish from Madrid, Álvaro Domingo expressed gratitude that his father had received prompt medical care and praised the doctors who had attended to him. His father was "at home" in Madrid and "tranquil," he added.

Asked if this was the first time his father (whom he described as a "healthy, strong" man) had experienced any medical problem such as this, he replied, "Definitely, it was the first. We hope it is the last." He closed the interview by thanking the world for the affection it had shown toward his father at a "difficult time."


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