Plácido Domingo on the mend

Plácido Domingo has made his first public appearance since undergoing surgery for cancer, at the opening of new restaurant Zengo in New York.

Domingo experienced severe abdominal pain during a week of performances in Tokyo in February, and returned to New York for an operation to remove a localised malignant growth from his colon.

Since leaving hospital in March, the 69-year-old tenor has been recuperating, but later this week he will begin rehearsals for Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, in which he will sing the title role at La Scala, Milan, from 16 April.

Domingo has posted a message of thanks to his fans on his website, many of whom have contacted him to wish him well. He says ‘It is wonderful to know that I have so many friends all over the world, and I want to reassure all of you that the doctors have given me a clean bill of health, with no follow-up therapies necessary.’