Associated Press
By Ronald Blum

NEW YORK รณ Luciano Pavarotti had neck surgery earlier this month and plans to return home to Italy this weekend before resuming his farewell tour, his spokesperson said Tuesday [March 22].
Pavarotti was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital on March 9 for surgery to repair two vertebrae and was discharged two days later, Terri Robson said in a phone interview with The Associated Press from her London office.
"The procedure was a routine and regular operation, and the doctors are delighted with Luciano's fast recovery," she said. "He is currently rehearsing with his conductor, Leone Magiera, every day."
The 69-year-old tenor has been at his New York apartment with his wife, Nicoletta, and daughter, Alice. He's scheduled to continue his tour with a concert on April 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
After going to South Africa, Pavarotti's tour will take him to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (April 7); Kiev, Ukraine (April 13); Rotterdam, Netherlands (April 16); and Prague, Czech Republic (April 20).
Robson said Pavarotti's tour will include a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 24, with a final gala concert in New York next year.
Pavarotti retired from staged opera in March 2004. He has said he'll retire from singing following the farewell tour.

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