James Conlon
Photo: Robert Millard

James Conlon has cancelled two August engagements to undergo surgery in New York. Doctors will remove an inflamed portion of his colon as a result of diverticulitis. The conductor’s prognosis is for a full recovery following three to four weeks recuperation after surgery.

Affected concerts include his August 17 Ravinia Festival performances of Britten’s ‘The Burning Fiery Furnace’ with singers from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Trinity Episcopal Church, and an August 23 engagement presented by the La Jolla Music Society, as part of LA Opera’s Britten100/LA Festival, featuring the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra performing Britten’s ‘Simple Symphony’ and ‘Prelude and Fugue’.

Mr. Conlon is expected to have resumed normal activities by the time of his next scheduled appearance, conducting Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Metropolitan Opera, opening on October 11.

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