Placido Domingo says in good health after surgery

Tue May 18, 2010 10:33am EDT
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By Regan E. Doherty

DOHA (Reuters) - Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, who underwent colon cancer surgery in March, said he was feeling well and in good health after giving a performance of traditional Spanish music in Doha, Qatar last week.

"I'm lucky that the voice is there, so as long as I'm felling well, I'll use it. My health is good," he told Reuters in a recent interview.

The singer, one of the opera world's biggest names, performed "Antologia de la Zarzuela," a selection of traditional Spanish music he grew up with, for an enthusiastic audience of nearly 4,000 in Qatar, accompanied by musicians from the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was the second time he has performed in the Gulf state.

"For me, this music is my life. It's the first music I ever heard in my life. Wherever I go in the world, I always bring the Zarzuela repertoire in my concerts. When I can do a program like this of just Zarzuela, it is even more special."

The 69-year-old, who is also general director of the Los Angeles Opera, was back at work within weeks of surgery in New York to remove a malignant polyp from his colon.

Renowned for his prodigious work rate and living by the tenet "when I rest, I rust," Domingo returned to the operatic stage a month ago in the baritone role of Simon Boccanegra at Milan's La Scala.

He attributed his longevity to "a passion for what you do."   Continued...

<p>Spanish tenor Placido Domingo performs during a free concert in front of the Angel of Independence Monument in Mexico City December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte</p>