Spanish tenor Placido Domingo remains in a Madrid hospital, where he is being treated for a pulmonary embolism, the Royal Theater reported Tuesday.

While the 72-year-old artist "is being successfully treated," the illness will prevent him from singing Daniel Catan's opera "Il Postino" at the Plaza de Oriente coliseum, a production in which Domingo was to portray Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Domingo is expected to make a full recovery, although, "on the orders of his doctor, he will have to remain under ... supervision and rest for three to four weeks."

The tenor, who on Thursday was scheduled to offer a press conference to announce his return to the Royal Theater with "Il Postino," was going to sing in five performances starting July 17.

His illness will also prevent him from directing the Valencian Community Orchestra in a free concert next Sunday in Madrid.

Since the reopening of the Royal Theater in 1997, Domingo has participated in practically every season.

Domingo will be replaced as Neruda by Vicente Ombuena, who has already played the role at Mexico's Fine Arts Theater and in the Municipal Theater in Santiago, Chile.

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