In spring 2014, Bernard Labadie fell ill while conducting in Germany. He was placed in a hospital where he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, a blood cancer. After a month in the German hospital he returned to his home in Quebec City. In October 2014 he received a dangerous stem-cell transplant, with one of his sisters serving as donor. He suffered from numerous complications, and was placed in an induced coma for a month. When he was finally awakened, his muscles had severely atrophied. A rigorous physical therapy followed. He finally left the hospital in April.
Labadie makes his return to the podium in the Messiah concerts at Powell Hall this week. Hallelujah.