The singer, 74, underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder in New York yesterday. His media representative said: the ‘surgery went very, very well. He is recovering satisfactorily and we expect that he will be discharged in the coming days.’
He collapsed last week in intense pain after conducting a rehearsal for Tosca at the Met. The operation was intended to be ‘minimally invasive’ – that is, a small incision, after which the patient is usually sent home on the same day. However, confirmation that he will spend several more days in hospital suggests that the procedure may have been more extensive.
Gallbladder removal – cholecystectomy – is categorised as major abdominal surgery.
We wish Placido (seen here in Il Postino) a speedy recovery.