Associated Press

Lorin Maazel, music director of the New York Philharmonic, won't conduct the opera Carmen at a major festival in southern Spain due to emergency eye surgery.
"Due to this surgery, doctors responsible strictly recommended that maestro Maazel should not undertake any physical activities for the next four to six weeks, including conducting," organizers of the Seville International Music Festival said on their Web site.
Carmen is to be performed in open-air using different historical locations in Seville, including the Maestranza bullring. Maazel, 74, also was forced to cancel two concerts in the cities of Santiago de Compostela and Perelada last week, organizers added Tuesday [3 August].
A new musical director for Carmen is expected to be named by the end of this week, said Zenaida De Aubris, the festival's spokeswoman. The Seville International Music Festival (www.carmeninsevilla.com) is to take place Sept. 2ñ12 in the southern Spanish city.
Maazel (www.maestromaazel.com), an American born in Paris in 1930, took his first violin lesson at age 5. He became music director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2002 and has led more than 150 orchestras. He was also music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1988ñ96 and was the only American to be chief conductor of the Vienna State Opera.

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