Placido Domingo cancels 3 opera performances in Salzburg due to illness

Vienna, Aug 17 (EFE).- Spanish tenor Placido Domingo had to cancel his participation in three performances of "Il trovatore" (The Troubadour) and a recital at the Salzburg Festival due to a bladder infection and respiratory problems that gave him a high fever, officials connected with the event told Efe on Sunday.

Domingo, who already had played the role of Count Di Luna in "Il trovatore" on three occasions at this year's Festival, will have to have his stand-in take over for him on Aug. 18, 21 and 24.

This version of "Il trovatore" is a new interpretation of Giuseppe Verdi's work and one of the most anticipated events at the Austrian festival this year.

This production is the first time the opera has been presented in Salzburg since the early 1960s and tickets for all six performances in which Domingo was to have appeared with Russian soprano Anna Netrebko have been sold out for some time.

The singer and orchestra director will be replaced by Polish tenor Artur Rucinski.

Domingo also had been scheduled to take part on Aug. 21 in a recital by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra directed by Argentine-Israeli Daniel Barenboim.

The Festival's press office was not able to provide further details regarding who would replace Domingo for the recital.