Bad luck: Gianandrea Noseda undergoes back surgery

June 27, 2017 by norman lebrecht


Press statement:

On the morning of Monday, June 26, 2017, Maestro Noseda suffered a herniated disc which is also known as sciatica syndrome.  Prof. Michele Naddeo visited him today, June 27, 2017 at 11:00AM (Central European Time) and advised Maestro Noseda undergo a surgical treatment tomorrow at 1:00 PM (Central European Time) at the Clinica Fornaca in Torino. With his greatest regret, Maestro Noseda will have to cancel his remaining performances of the production of Macbeth at Teatro Regio Torino. Further information regarding the recovery will be released after the surgery tomorrow, June 28, 2017.

Slipped Disc wishes him a speedy recovery.

Noseda is the second LSO conductor to suffer this month, following Daniel Harding, who broke his wrist falling off a bike.

Comments (10)

  1. Patrick says:

    Va Bene Gianandrea!

  2. Bruce says:

    A herniated disc is bad luck. Surgery to repair it is not: it just about always relieves the pain, and the person is able to return to normal function after several weeks.

    Patients are normally forbidden to do any bending, twisting, or lifting >8-10 pounds for 6 weeks after spinal surgery. And only then does the surgeon usually clear the patient for physical therapy. He’s probably in very good shape physically, so his recovery (if he follows instructions) should be on the quicker side, but I’d expect/ hope it would be at least 2 months before he gets back on a podium.

    1. Alan says:

      I do hope he has a good recovery. He is appearing in Edinburgh in August so fingers crossed.

      1. Bruce says:

        I hope he doesn’t rush things. He should be healed by then, but most musicians (and athletes) are familiar with the dangers of returning to their normal level of activity too soon. Both are notorious for ignoring their doctors’ warnings, as well as the warning signs, and slowing down their recovery.

        For your sake, I hope he’s ready to conduct in Edinburgh in August; for his sake, I hope that if he’s not, he doesn’t try to do it anyway.

        1. Max Grimm says:

          Leonard Bernstein demonstrated a conducting style option suitable for injured/recovering conductors or conductors with limited mobility.

          1. Bruce says:

            Yes, maybe Noseda can conduct La Boheme and Macbeth like that… 😛

          2. Sue says:

            Yeah; funny. But that was the encore as they’d already played the whole symphony through with conductor.

    2. Anon says:

      Of course in the specific case it’s nonsense to comment, since we know nothing, but in general it is not recommended to do surgery if in any way possible. Only if paralyzation or loss of control over bodily functions (walking, urinating, etc.) is imminent, one should use surgical treatment.
      Because it is consensus, that conservative therapy has better long term results, even though it takes longer initially and the painful period might be a bit longer.

      The truth is also, that some of the more profit minded doctors tend to be biased toward surgery, because it is the much more lucrative treatment for them. About 5-10 times more revenue from treating a slipped disc with surgery, than with a mix of conservative therapies.

  3. Adrian Clark says:

    Yes, but .. The real work is done in the rehearsal where, no doubt, “Lennie” was somewhat more physically active.

    1. Max Grimm says:

      Of course. In fact, he was physically active in movements 1, 2 and 3 of that very performance.
      (My above post wasn’t intended to be taken all that seriously 😉 )

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