Berlin opera conductor, Barenboim, steps back for health reasons

The general music director of the Berlin State Opera, Daniel Barenboim, took a step back from some of his performances, especially conducting, in the coming months.

Barenboim tweeted the news on Tuesday, citing health reasons.

“My health has deteriorated over the last few months and I have been diagnosed with a serious neurological condition.

“I now must focus as much as possible on my physical well-being,’’ the musician said.

The State Opera confirmed the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

Barenboim has been out of action several times recently.

On the recommendation of his doctors, the 79-year-old took some time to rest in February after undergoing spinal surgery.

More recently, he was forced to undergo inpatient treatment due to vascular inflammatory disease. (dpa/NAN)

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