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    A Busy Summer Begins with Macbeth at Staatsoper Berlin

    From June 17 through July 2, Plácido Domingo sings for five performances of Verdi’s Macbeth at Staatsoper unter den Linden. Performing opposite Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), Domingo returns to the role of the ambitiously bloodthirsty Scottish king. Directed by Harry Kupfer, the production also features Kwangchul Youn (Banquo), Fabio Sartori (Macduff), and Florian Hoffmann (Malcolm). Daniel Barenboim conducts.

    Later, on July 26, Domingo closes the 2017/2018 season at Teatro Real, Madrid with a concert performance of Thaïs. He is joined by Ermonela Jaho, who sings the title role under the baton of Patrick Fournillier. A second performance of the concert will be held on July 29, as part of the 2018 Festival Castell Peralada.

    Next, Domingo returns to the legendary Bayreuther Festspiele to conduct Die Walküre for three performanceson July 31, August 18, and August 29.

    Domingo closes the summer at the Salzburg Festival, performing as Zurga in a concert production Bizet’s Les pêcheurs des perles. Conducted by Riccardo Minasi, Domingo is joined by Javier Camarena (Nadir) and Aida Garifullina (Leïla). Performances run August 23 & 26.


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    Domingo Brings Virtuosos to US & UK Audiences

    Plácido Domingo has joined with James Corden and Fulwell 73 (producers, The Late Late Show with James Corden) to remake the popular Hungarian television show, Virtuosos, for US and UK audiences.

    On the show, children and young adults compete by playing classical music before a panel of five professional judges. Since its debut in Hungary in 2014, Virtuosos has been massively successful, making household names of many of its contestants. Its alumni have performed at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Milan World Fair, Carnegie Hall and more.

    Speaking with Deadline, Domingo says, “The Virtuosos talent show and activities that surround it are a wonderful addition to the world of classical music, the encouragement of young musical talent and broadening the appeal of classical music. Since my very first involvement I have been incredibly impressed by the talent discovered in Hungary alone and am sure this will be repeated in other countries as the format finds new audiences and new lovers of classical music, presented in a contemporary way. I hope that by becoming an active shareholder in Virtuosos Holding I can lend further encouragement to both the talent we discover and the management of the company with my experience and connections around the world.”


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    Watch Domingo’s performance in La Traviata on June 1

    On May 26, 29, and June 1, Plácido Domingo returns to Wiener Staatsoper for Jean-François Sivadier’s production of La Traviata. Singing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, Domingo is joined by Irina Lungu (winner of the Operalia CulturArte Prize in 2004) as Violetta Valéry and Pavol Breslik as Alfredo Germont.

    Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads the Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus.

    The performance will be broadcast online through the WIENER STAATSOPER LIVE on June 1. It can be viewed live at the Vienna starting time (19h30 CET) or watched for 72 hours following the performance.


  • Operalia Announces 40 Participants for 2018

    Operalia has announced the names of 40 singers selected to participate in the 2018 Operalia Showcase at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, the goal of Operalia is to discover and help launch the careers of the world’s most promising young opera singers, attracting singers of all voice tessituras and from every country in the world. Former Operalia winners include Nina Stemme, Joyce DiDonato, Erwin Schrott, Rolando Villazón, Sonya Yoncheva, and many more. Here is the complete list of participants for 2018:

    • Zarina Abaeva, soprano, Russia, 32

    • Migran Agadzhanyan, tenor, Russia, 26

    • Cornelia Beskow, soprano, Sweden, 32

    • Nicole Brandolino, mezzo-soprano, Italy, 29

    • Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano, Canada, 31

    • Chan Hee Cho, bass, South Korea, 25

    • Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano, Canada/Italy, 23

    • Bekhzod Davronov, tenor, Uzbekistan, 24

    • Alejandro Del Angel, tenor, Mexico, 27

    • Monica Dewey, soprano, USA, 28

    • Kseniia Galitskaia, soprano, Russia, 25

    • Luis Gomes, tenor, Portugal, 31

    • Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano, USA, 26

    • Summer Hassan, soprano, USA/Egypt, 29

    • Elbenita Kajtazi, soprano, Kosovo, 27

    • Johannes Kammler, baritone, Germany, 30

    • Mingjie Lei, tenor, China, 30Long Long, tenor, China, 27

    • Roberto Lorenzi, bass-baritone, Italy, 29

    • Mykhailo Malafii, tenor, Ukraine, 27

    • Rita Marques, soprano, Portugal, 28

    • Danylo Matviienko, baritone, Ukraine, 28

    • Alexander McKissick, tenor, USA, 26

    • Emma Moore, soprano, Australia, 30

    • Petr Nekoranec, tenor, Czech Republic, 26

    • Diana Nurmukhametova, soprano, Russia, 27

    • Carles Pachón, baritone, Spain, 23

    • Gleb Peryazev, bass, Russia, 24

    • Pavel Petrov, tenor, Belarus, 27

    • Martin Piskorski, tenor, Austria, 30

    • Sean Michael Plumb, baritone, 26, USA

    • Marigona Qerkezi, soprano, Kosovo, 25

    • Josy Santos, mezzo-soprano, Brazil, 29

    • Simon Shibambu, bass-baritone, South Africa, 31

    • Elizabeth Sutphen, soprano, USA, 27

    • Chiara Tirotta, mezzo-soprano, Italy, 28

    • Vanessa Vasquez, soprano, Colombia/USA, 28

    • Marina Viotti, mezzo-soprano, Switzerland/France, 32

    • Arseny Yakovlev, tenor, Russia, 26

    • Yajie Zhang, mezzo-soprano, China, 25


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    Domingo to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Manhattan School of Music

    On Friday, May 11, Plácido Domingo will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Music Arts from Manhattan School of Music as part of the School’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony. Maestro Domingo will join a distinguished list of past Manhattan School of Music Honorary Doctorate recipients, including Birgit Nilsson, Wynton Marsalis, Billy Joel, Angela Lansbury, and Bebe Neuwirth.

    The honor will be presented by MSM President James Gandre and Interim Provost Joan Gordon. Jazz great Paquito D’Rivera, conductor Bernard Labadie, pianist Robert McDonald (DMA’90), and MSM’s Musical Theatre Program director Luis Perez will also receive the honor this year.


  • Domingo returns to Liceu for a concert of zarzuela favorites

    On May 20, the famed tenor Plácido Domingo returns to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona for an evening of zarzuela favorites. Joined by soprano Ana María Martínez and tenor Airam Hernández, the concert includes works by Gerónimo Giménez, Pablo Sorozábal, Manuel de Falla, Manuel Penella, and more.

    Ramón Tebar conducts the Symphony Orchestra of the Liceu Opera Barcelona.

    Listen to Plácido Domingo sing from his album Romanzas de Zarzuelas. 


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