The Italian Almanac

Luciano Pavarotti

Italian News / Music - April 17

Italian opera great Luciano Pavarotti has cancelled one performance and rescheduled three others on his farewell world tour because of a medical procedure planned for June. The procedure is a followup to an operation March 9 when Pavarotti underwent successful neck surgery to repair two vertebrae. "It's nothing serious," manager Terri Robson said, adding that doctors said the tenor recovered very quickly from his first operation.

Pavarotti is calling off a June 22 performance in Toledo, Spain, which could not be rescheduled because no alternative date was available, she said. Two dates in Britain and one in Nimes, France, are being rescheduled. The performances were part of the 69-year-old tenor's "farewell tour," which includes 40 performances in venues across the world.

Pavarotti retired from staged opera in March 2004. He has said he will retire from singing following the farewell tour.