On August 11 and 14, Plácido Domingo returns to Salzburg to sing the role of Francesco Foscari in a concert performance of Verdi's I Due Foscari. One of Domingo's notable baritone roles, Domingo has been hailed as "the definitive Francesco" (Financial Times), singing the role with great success at Teatro alla Scala and Royal Opera House.
As Francesco Foscari, the Doge of Venice, Domingo expertly conveys the psychological ambiguity of a man torn between paternal love and political duty. Based on Byron's drama, The Two Foscari, Verdi's opera revolves around the conflicted conscience of a father forced by political responsibility to exile his only surviving son.
Domingo is joined by two former Operalia finalists, tenor Joseph Calleja and soprano Guanqun Yu. Michele Mariotti conducts, leading the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.
Following the exciting final round of Plácido Domingo’s annual Operalia competition, the winners of the 25th edition of the competition have been announced.
Adela Zaharia (soprano, Romania) and Levy Sekgapane (tenor, South Africa) were announced as the First Prize winners, each earning the top monetary prize of US$30,000. Second Prize honors were awarded to Kristina Mkhitaryan (soprano, Russia) and Davide Giusti (tenor, Italy), and Third Prize honors were awarded to Maria Mudryak (soprano, Kazakhstan) and Leon Kim (baritone, Republic of Korea).
With each passing year, the level of singers participating in Operalia is increasingly high and the level of competition is increasingly strong. Consequently, Maestro Plácido Domingo has decided to inaugurate an Encouragement Award in the amount of US$5,000 for every singer that reaches the final round of the competition, but who does not claim one of the top monetary prizes. Encouragement Awards were presented to finalists Damiana Mizzi (soprano, Italy), So Young Park (soprano, Republic of Korea), Vlada Borovko (soprano, Russia), Rupert Enticknap (countertenor, UK), Ruslana Koval (soprano, Ukraine), Emmett O’Hanlon (baritone, USA).
Operalia provides a tremendous platform for today’s emerging operatic talents to raise their professional profile, bringing exposure to managers, conductors, stage directors and audiences worldwide. This year's competition was held at Astana Opera in Kazakhstan.
Rolex is proud to have presented Operalia for the 16th consecutive year, perpetuating its commitment to the arts through a privileged partnership with Plácido Domingo, who has been a Rolex Testimonee since 1982, and extending the brand’s support to the exceptionally gifted young performers that share its quest for excellence and perfection.
Plácido Domingo’s annual Operalia competition, sponsored by Rolex, was held this year at the Astana Opera in Kazakhstan’s capital city.
Founded in 1993 to discover and honor the best new young opera singers of today, Operalia has already seen numerous winners and competitors go on to become household names in the opera world, including Joseph Calleja, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Rolando Villazón, Pretty Yende, Joyce DiDonato, and Sonya Yoncheva.
Plácido Domingo stars as the King of Scotland in the LA Opera production of Verdi: Macbeth, released on DVD/Blu-ray by Sony Classical.
The video release captures the Darko Tresnjak-directed production mounted in Los Angeles in October 2016.
"All baritones shouldn’t and don’t sound alike, and Domingo’s vocal character is special. He commands the stage and the music he sings" - LA Times
Domingo portrays the timeless Shakespeare character torn between ambition and guilt, joined by mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Banquo, Joshua Guerrerro as Macduff, and the LA Opera orchestra and chorus conducted by James Conlon.
You can watch Domingo sing “Perfidi! ... Pietà, rispetto, amore”:
The title character in Verdi’s Don Carlo was the vehicle for Plácido Domingo’s first performances at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1967. Now, in a run of performances mounted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut there, he has returned to the work in the role of Rodrigo to great acclaim. Domingo’s debut as the Marquis of Posa – his 148th career role – continues his exploration of the Verdian baritone repertoire.
Discover the concerts at Wiener Staatsoper and Berlin Staatskapelle.