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Placido Domingo recovering after surgery

Placido Domingo
The singer had surgery in New York earlier this month

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo has said he is still recovering following surgery earlier this month to remove a cancerous polyp from his colon.

The 69-year-old became ill while on tour in Japan in February and had surgery in New York two weeks later.

Domingo returned to Los Angeles on Thursday to resume his role as director of the Los Angeles Opera Company.

He told reporters he planned to begin rehearsals shortly for his next show in Italy in April.

He added he had already resumed singing privately.

As the malignancy was localised, the singer was able to undergo minimal invasive surgery to remove the polyp.

Domingo thanked his fans on his website earlier this month for their good wishes.

"I want to reassure all of you that the doctors have given me a clean bill of health, with no follow-up therapies necessary," he said.

The singer had to pull out of a London production of Handel's Tamerlano, scheduled to take place this month, because of the surgery.

He is next due to perform in Simon Boccanegra at La Scala on 16 April.

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