Updates on ailing Marin Alsop, Placido Domingo

Baltimore Symphony Music Director Marin Alsop has canceled more conducting engagements as a result of injuring her July 1 falling in her hotel room in Brazil.  She canceled her gigs for the rest of the month.

In order to recuperate fully, Alsop has now also canceled her annual appearance next month as music director and conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Ca. That engagement would have required conducting a lot of demanding new repertoire.

Carolyn Kuan, music director for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and former associate conductor of the Cabrillo Festival, and Brad Lubman, former assistant conductor at Tanglewood Music Center, will fill in for Alsop at the festival, which runs Aug. 2 to 11.

The festival released this statement from Alsop: "While I am deeply disappointed that I can't conduct this year's Festival, the adventurous program that we've put together will delight and surprise in the way only Cabrillo can. And I have the greatest confidence in Carolyn and Brad to bring this new music to life."

Meanwhile, Placido Domingo, the 72-year-old, previously unstoppable tenor (and, lately, baritone), has been sidelined by a pulmonary embolism. He entered a Madrid hospital earlier this week and canceled engagements in Spain for the rest of the month.

Now comes word, via his son, Alvaro Domingo, that the celebrated singer may have to bow out of commitments next month in Salzburg as well. 

The AP reports Alvaro Domingo saying that he expected his father to be released in the next few days and to recuperate in Madrid for several weeks. Doctors advised no singing, of course. No plans to retire, though, the tenor's son assures.

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