The conductor, who is in Tel Aviv to open the Israel Philharmonic season tonight, has given details of the medical condition that has sidelined him for almost a year.
Initially described as a shoulder operation, it was cancerous tumour. ‘It was my first illness, except for meningitis at the age of six, I was always healthy,’ he told La Repubblica in Rome.
‘I was full of confidence in the doctors and my wife, Nancy, helped a lot, convincing me that the disease could be defeated, said Mehta, 82. ‘A medical team in Los Angeles says that my body is now clear of the tumour.’