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Placido Domingo Hospitalized With Pulmonary Embolism in Spain

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By Newsmax Wires   |   Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 06:11 AM

Opera singer Placido Domingo, one of the celebrated Three Tenors,  has been hospitalized in Spain after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs.

Domingo's representative says the 72-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but will have to miss several appearances scheduled for later this month. He was admitted to the hospital Monday in Madrid.

Doctors say the hospitalized Placido Domingo's pulmonary embolism was caused by a blood clot, The Associated Press reported.

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The singer's representative, Nancy Seltzer, says doctors have asked the Spanish tenor and conductor to rest for three to four weeks, but that healing time varies. His return to the stage will depend on how quickly he regains his strength.

It's not the first time Domingo has faced a serious medical condition.

Domingo returned to the stage just 45 days after undergoing colon cancer surgery in 2010 and has maintained a vigorous schedule and displayed an uncommon vitality at an age when most stars have stepped away from the spotlight.

He is the most visible opera singer in the world and has performed more than 140 roles, expanding his repertoire to include baritone roles in the past half-decade. The Three Tenors member – the others were the late Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras – also recently was named the new goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for his efforts in spreading classical music around the world.

In 2008, Domingo released an album inspired by the poetry of the late Pope John Paul II. The 12-song collection featured duets with his son, Placido Jr., and American gospel singer Vanessa Williams.

Domingo has canceled his five performances in Daniel Catan's "Il Postino," which were to begin July 17 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as an appearance on July 21 at Plaza Mayor.

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Pavarotti, opera's biggest superstar of the late 20th century, died in September 2007 at 71. He was the son of a singing baker and became the king of the high C's.

Carreras, 66, particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini, is still active.

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