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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!
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).
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).
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Plácido Domingo stars as Francesco Foscari in the 2016 Teatro alla Scala production of I Due Foscari, released on DVD and Blu-ray by CMajor. Praised by The Financial Times as “the definitive Francesco of recent times” Plácido Domingo portrays a father anguished by a political responsibility to exile his only surviving son.
He is joined by Andrea Concetti (Loredano), Francesco Meli (Jacopo), and Anna Pirozzi (Lucrezia) in this production directed by Alvis Hermanis and conducted by Michele Mariotti.
This fall, Plácido Domingo returns to LA Opera, where he serves as the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, for a number of performances showcasing his legendary voice and expert conducting.
From October 7-22, Domingo conducts The Pearl Fishers, in a production featuring soprano Nino Machaidze, baritone Alfredo Daza, and tenor Javier Camarena. Penny Woolcock’s “sensitive and insightful” (The New York Times) production tells the tale of two life-long friends torn apart by romantic rivalry. Domingo conducts Bizet’s rapturous score, which features the famous “Au fond du temple saint.”
Later, on November 17, LA Opera celebrates Domingo’s profound contribution to the cultural life of Los Angeles with a concert honoring the fiftieth anniversary of his first performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 17, 1967. He is joined by conductor James Conlon, the LA Opera Orchestra and a legion of special guest artists in this musical celebration of Domingo’s unparalleled legacy.
Domingo returns to Verdi baritone repertory for Nabucco, for six performances from October 14-November 19. Singing the title role, Domingo artfully portrays an aging king’s descent into madness while his bloodthirsty daughter to schemes to take power. Liudmyla Monastyrska, in her LA Opera debut, joins as the conniving Abigaille, with James Conlon conducting the LA Opera Orcchestra.
This September, Plácido Domingo returns to tenor repertoire with the role of Bajazet in one of Handel’s great operas, Tamerlano, at Teatro alla Scala.
Always seeking a new challenge, the prolific maestro first sang the role of Bajazet in 2008, an occasion which also marked the first Handel opera of his career. Domingo now returns to the role of the imprisoned Ottoman Emperor in a production directed by Davide Livermore, in his La Scala debut.
Domingo is joined by the acclaimed countertenor Bejun Mehta, who sings the title role as the tempestuous King of the Tartars driven by his desire for Bajazet’s daughter, Asteria (Maria Grazia Schiavo). The production also includes Franco Fagioli as Andronico, Marianne Crebassa as Irene, and Christian Senn as Leone.
Led by conductor Diego Fasolis, an esteemed specialist in Baroque and early music, this production features the La Scala orchestra’s newly created Baroque ensemble. Performances run September 12, 19, 22, 25, and 27 and the production will be live broadcast on RaiRadio3 on September 12.