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  • Plácido Domingo Launches into a Busy 2018

    Domingo begins 2018 with a series of concerts throughout January, beginning on January 11 (Centro de las Artes) and 14 (Estadio Nacional de Chile) in Santiago, Chile.



    Following his performance in Chile, Domingo travels to Vienna to conduct the 77th Annual Vienna Philharmonic Ball, leading the illustrious Vienna Philharmonic in one of its most cherished traditions on January 18. On January 20, Domingo performs at Arena Stozice in Ljuljana, Slovenia, and on January 24, Domingo performs at the Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio, Texas.

    Beginning February 17, Domingo conducts five performances of Tosca in London at the Royal Opera House with Martina Serafin in the title role. Tenors Massimo Giordano and Riccardo Massi alternate as Cavaradossi (a role which Domingo himself sang for 225 performances) and baritone Marco Vratogna sings the villainous Scarpia. Domingo conducts performances on February 17, 19, 22, 26, and March 3.



    Never one to rest, Domingo will sing the role of Giorgio Germont on February 21, 25, and 28, alongside the incomparable Anna Netrebko (Violetta Valéry) at Opéra national de Paris.



    Following Tosca and La Traviata, Domingo returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Luisa Miller (March 29; April 2, 6, 9, 14, and 21) and Roméo et Juliette (April 23, and 27; May 1, 5, 9, and 12)Luisa Miller marks yet another role debut for Domingo (his 149th!), who sings the role of Luisa’s father, Miller, alongside Sonya Yoncheva (Luisa) and Piotr Beczała (Rodolfo). Bertrand de Billy conducts this tragic tale of young love devastated by corrupt politics and class conflict in a production by Elijah Moshinsky. As part of Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, Domingo’s performance will be screened in cinemas worldwide on April 14. Later in April, Domingo conducts Bartlett Sher’s sumptuous production of Roméo et Juliette, a production hailed by the Huffington Post as “a revelation.” Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel star as the fated lovers in Gounod’s sweeping tragedy.

    On May 20, Domingo performs in Barcelona at Gran Teatre del Liceu, singing a concert of his favorite zarzuela repertoire with Ana María Martínez.



    Domingo closes the spring with a return to La Traviata, singing Giorgio Germont on May 26, 29, and June 1 at Wiener Staatsoper. He is joined by Irina Lungu and Pavol Breslik.

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    Plácido Domingo Performs in Don Carlo at Palau de les Arts Valencia

    This December, Plácido Domingo returns to another great Verdi baritone role, singing Rodrigo in Don Carlo at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.
     
    Domingo is joined by a tenor Andrea Carè (Don Carlo), sopranos María José Siri and María Katzarava (alternating as Elisabetta di Valois), bass Alexander Vinogradav (Philippo II), and mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana (Eboli), in this production directed by Marco Arturo Marelli. Conductor Ramón Tebar leads the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana and Cor de la Generalitat.
     
     
     
     

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    Plácido Domingo to Receive Menschen in Europa Art Award

    On November 28, Plácido Domingo will receive the Menschen in Europa Art Award. The Menschen in Europa is an annual fall program of talks and exhibitions promoting international understanding throughout Europe. The event will feature a round table discussion hosted by Patricia Riekel, editor of Burda Style Group, and the presentation of the award by tenor Rolando Villazón.

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    Join Me to Support Mexico City and Puerto Rico

    My dear friends, with great sadness and concern, I have followed the recent, catastrophic events in Mexico City and Puerto Rico. Following these tragedies, I could not help but remember the difficult moments we all experienced 32 years ago, during the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.

     

    I encourage everyone to be inspired by the people of Mexico and Puerto Rico, where everyone – young and old, man and woman, artists and friends – has joined together to help in efforts towards rescue and relief.

    I am humbly reaching out to you to join me in this Crowdrise campaign to respond to these devastating events. With your support, we will donate 100% of funds raised through the Plácido and Marta Domingo Foundation to the Mexican Red Cross, Embracing Puerto Rico, the Hispanic Federation, and United for Puerto Rico:

    - 50% of funds raised will go to the Mexican Red Cross 

    - 20% of funds raised will go to Embracing Puerto Rico, led by Fundación Banco Popular

    - 15% of funds raised will go to the Hispanic Federation

    - 15% of funds raised will go to United for Puerto Rico

    These charities are all doing excellent and essential work to help people recover from these disasters and to help people to reclaim their lives.

    I know that it can be difficult to volunteer and donate, but I also know that all of us, together, can work to rebuild my dear Mexico and Puerto Rico. Any donation – even just $1 – will make a difference. I will personally match all of your generous contributions dollar for dollar up to our goal of $50,000. Donate at bit.ly/sing-for-relief.

    In addition to this CrowdRise campaign, I will also donate proceeds from my upcoming concert in San Antonio’s AlamoDome to the American Red Cross Natural Disaster Fund to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

    Thank you for your support and generosity. God bless you!

    - Plácido

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    Plácido Domingo honored by Conjunto de Artes Escénicas in Guadalajara

    After the inaugural gala of Conjunto de Artes Escénicas at Universidad de Guadalajara, Plácido Domingo was honored with the announcement of Sala Plácido Domingo, the venue’s main performance hall. This hall seats 1,800 audience members and is the largest hall in the new arts space.

    The announcement was preceded by an inaugural concert, in which Domingo shared the stage with Operalia Winners Adela Zaharia (2017), Nancy Fabiola Herrera (1996), Rame Lahaj (2016), David Lomeli (2006), Nicholas Brownlee (2016), and Juan Carlos Heredia (2016).

    Watch Domingo sing from the concert: 

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    Plácido Domingo Conducts Don Giovanni in Prague

    On October 27 and 29, Plácido Domingo conducts Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague, marking the 230th anniversary of the opera’s premiere on October 29, 1787. Estates Theatre is the only remaining theatre in which W.A. Mozart actually performed.

    Domingo leads an outstanding cast, which features four Operalia winners, bass-baritone Simone Alberghini (Don Giovanni), soprano Irina Lungu (Donna Anna), tenor Dmitry Korchak (Don Ottavio) and soprano Julia Novikova (Zerlina), as well as bass Adrian Sâmpetrean (Leporello), soprano Kateřina Kněžíková (Donna Elvira), baritone Jiří Brückler (Masetto), and bass Jan Šťáva (Il Commendatore).

    Listen to Domingo sing the famous duet, “La ci darem la mano.” 

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