Domingo returns to the Bolshoi Theatre
This month, Plácido Domingo returns to the Bolshoi Theatre for two performances on October 21 and 24.
On October 21, Plácido Domingo leads the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra for the first time in a single performance of Manon Lescaut.
Under Domingo’s baton, the cast includes Anna Nechaeva in the title role, Elchin Azizov as Lescaut, Oleg Dolgov as Chevalier des Greux, Star Kunchulia as Geronte de Ravoir and Ilya Selivanov as Edmond.
Domingo, who made his debut as Des Greux with Renata Tebaldi in Hartford, Connecticut in 1968, began conducting Manon Lescaut in 2007 at the Washington National Opera.
Later, on October 24, Domingo stars in the sold out Gala Bolshoi and Plácido Domingo: Life in Opera, alongside Anna Netrebko, Pretty Yende, Christina Nilsson, Emily D’Angelo, Piotr Beczala, Yusif Eyvazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, Michael Volle and Xabier Anduaga. Tugan Sokhiev conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.
On September 25, Plácido Domingo returns to Spain to perform in Mérida for the Closing Gala of the celebrated Stone and Music Festival, joined by Operalia Laureates Adela Zaharia and Xabier Anduaga. Maestro Josep Caballé Domenech conducts the Spanish Philharmonic Orchestra.
Walking from belcanto to verismo and all the way to Zarzuela, a genre Domingo has performed on stages all over the world, the program includes a selection of Verdi, Thomas, Giordano, Gounod, Donizetti and Bizet arias and duets, as well as Zarzuela favorites by Moreno Torroba, Chapí, Vives, Giménez and Soutullo y Vert.
“I am honored to participate in this wonderful initiative, in a city whose heart has been beating for over 2,000 years” said Domingo about his return to Mérida. “It’s a joy to perform in the Roman Theatre, such an evocative place, where opera and zarzuela bond with art and history” he added.
On September 18, Plácido Domingo joins Anna Netrebko for her 50th birthday celebration at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
The acclaimed diva honors this special occasion with “Anna Netrebko Inviting” an extraordinary Gala Concert with distinguished guests including Plácido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando Villazón, Yusif Eyvazov, Luca Salsi, Michael Folle, Khibla Gerzmava, Ildar Abdrazakov, Elena Zhidkova, Oleg Ivenko, Elchin Azizov, Philip Kirkorov and Igor Krutoy, among other exceptional artists.
Yana Churikova and Dmitry Olenin will host the evening. The Gala Concert will be accompanied by the State Academic Orchestra of Russia.
Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be bestowed to the Arithmetic of Kindness, a charity for orphaned children.
On September 15, Plácido Domingo performs at the inauguration of Tirana’s National Theater of Opera and Ballet, joined by world star soprano Ermonela Jaho as well as other prominent Albanese artists.
“I am honored to sing at the Grand Gala Ceremony for the inauguration of the Tirana National Theater” said Domingo about the celebrated occasion. “After 5 years this Opera House will finally come to life and will return to host concerts, opera and ballet performances. It is a joy for me to be with you for this special evening with wonderful colleagues” he added.
On September 8, the incomparable Plácido Domingo returns to Belgrade to perform in concert at the Tashmajdan Stadium for the closing of the BELEF Summer Festival.
“I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere of this city and the friendliness of the people who welcomed me” said Domingo, reminiscing about his first performance in Belgrade almost 50 years ago.
“I will be joined by Italian soprano Anna Pirozzi, a wonderful voice, one of the greatest interpreters of the international scene today. We will be accompanied by the RTS Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dian Tchobanov, and I will have the pleasure of singing with a young star born right here, soprano Marija Jelic,” he added.
ACPE, the Spanish Association of Foreign Press Correspondents, announced that Maestro Plácido Domingo will be honored with the ACPE Culture Award “for his immense professional career” applauding him as a multifaceted artist, promoter of young talents and a World Ambassador for Spanish Culture and Zarzuela.
Receiving this Award is “a great honor for me and without a doubt an unexpected joy” said Plácido Domingo, congratulating his fellow 2020 ACPE Award recipients: Susana Griso, Pau Gasol and the Historic and Unique Parks of Madrid. In the previous edition, ACPE recognized Vicente Vallés, Rafa Nadal, Antonio Zapatero, Ifema, the Thyssen Museum and the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain.
Domingo, who will not be able to attend the Award Ceremony on September 8 in Madrid, as he will be performing in Belgrade on that date, highlighted the value of ACPE’s work “which for almost a century has elevated our country in the world through the protection of freedom of expression, respect and the rejection of all forms of discrimination and prejudice."
On September 4, the legendary Plácido Domingo travels to Czech Republic to star in the Český Krumlov International Music Festival’s Opening Gala.
For this festive evening of Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Massenet arias, Domingo is joined by soprano Adriana Kučerová and mezzosoprano Štěpánka Pučálková. Maestro Eugene Kohn conducts the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.