James Conlon, music director of the Ravinia Festival, has cancelled a performance of Britten’s Burning Fiery Furnace in order ‘to remove an inflamed portion of his colon due to diverticulitis’.
The clinical detail has been made public by the festival and by the conductor’s personal publicist, presumably at his request. He clearly wants to be open and upfront about everything, and that is generally to be welcomed in the hyperbolic bubble of unreality inhabited by many maestros. However, one does wonder in this instance whether this not too much information. An announcement that he was undergoing necessary surgery for a non-life-threatening condition might have sufficed.
Mr Conlon is expected to make a full recovery in 3-4 four weeks.