NEW YORK ó 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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