The Munich Abendzeitung reports that Peter is in hospital with ‘a large fast growing, malignant carcinoma.’
He has sent a round-robin to friends and has asked for it to be made public in order to quash the rumour-mill. Peter writes:
‘Two weeks ago I fell ill and was admitted as an emergency to the University Clinic ‘Rechts der Isar’ in Munich. The diagnosis is now confirmed: a large fast growing, malignant carcinoma in my chest (on the site of my first HD Lymphoma of 1976 !) and a smaller further tumour above my hip.
‘Chemotherapy, immunotherapy, surgery and, possibly, radiation are all being planned and will start immediately in Rechts der Isar with the first surgery on Monday 6th August . So, please, understand if I am not as communicative as usual. If you do not hear from me it only means that I am fighting as, immodestly even greedily, I do not want my already expiring lease on life here on this crazy earth of ours to end….just yet!’
The former director of English National Opera and Bavarian State Opera was first diagnosed with cancer of the eye when he was in his early twenties and was given months to live. He survived that bout, and several more. Let’s keep willing him to make it through again.
Peter, 72, has friends everywhere. Prayers and good wishes are in order.