Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday (June 8) due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini required an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceratio

Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday (June 8) due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini required an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceration. The surgery was performed at an unidentified clinic in the Franciacorta area near the artist's hometown of Brescia, northern Italy. He remains in a critical condition.

Pedrini, who was formerly with the group Timoria, competed at this year's Sanremo Festival with the song "Lavoro Inutile." The track appears on his solo debut "Vidomar," which was the first album to be released by indie Panorama Records.

Panorama was founded by Italian pop singer Eros Ramazzotti's manager, Roberto Galanti. Pedrini was due to perform as a guest of Ramazzotti in concerts at Salerno on June 15 and in Padua on July 13. These and all other Pedrini appearances have been cancelled.