Opera legend Plácido Domingo begins 2021 celebrating his 80th birthday on January 21 and performing the title role of Nabucco at the Wiener Staatsoper on January 22. Due to the current world health situation, the performance will take place without audience but will be recorded and broadcast by ORF III on January 24.
Next, Domingo heads to Moscow to conduct two sold out performances of La Bohème at the Bolshoi Theatre on February 12 and 14, with Operalia Winner Aida Garifullina as Musetta.
March starts with a series of concerts in Paris at Salle Gaveau on March 2, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on March 6, Bolshoi Theatre (Gala Concert) on March 9 and KKL Luzern on April 8.
Shortly after, Domingo returns to Moscow to perform as Rodrigo in Don Carlo on April 15 and 18 and as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata on May 5 and 8 at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Plácido Domingo closes the spring in Italy, conducting Verdi’s Messa di Requiem at Teatro Municipale di Piacenza on May 16.
On December 10, Plácido Domingo performs the title role in Verdi’s Nabucco, in concert at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Nabucco is based on the story of the Babylonian king and his power-hungry daughter Abigaille. The role of the seemingly all-powerful king Nabucodonosor is one of the most demanding parts in the lyric baritone repertoire.
Domingo joins Operalia Winner Mikhail Petrenko, Sergei Skorokhodov, Tatiana Serjan and Ekaterina Semenchuk. Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Plácido Domingo returns to Milan for the Teatro all Scala Season Inauguration Gala “A riveder le stelle”, to take place on December 7 -the Feast of Sant’Ambrogio, Patron Saint of Milan.
For this special evening, Domingo will join Rosa Feola, Lisette Oropesa, Ludovic Tézier, and Sonya Yoncheva - all prize winners in past editions of Operalia, and Ildar Abdrazakov, Roberto Alagna, Carlos Álvarez, Piotr Beczala, Benjamin Bernheim, Eleonora Buratto, Marianne Crebassa, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Vittorio Grigolo, Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandra Kurzak, Francesco Meli, Camilla Nylund, Kristine Opolais, George Petean, Marina Rebeka, Luca Salsi and Andreas Schager.
Maestro Riccardo Chally conducts La Scala Orchestra.
This year La Scala unique opening night will be broadcast on TV and streamed online starting at 5 pm CET.
More information at teatroallascala.org
On December 5, Plácido Domingo returns to Monaco 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 by the Financial Times as "the definitive Francesco", singing the role with great success at Teatro alla Scala and Royal Opera House.
Based on Byron’s drama, I due Foscari revolves around the conflict between paternal love and political duty. “I first looked at this opera when I was recording all of Verdi’s tenor arias for the Verdi centenary in 2001,” Domingo says. “I think that Verdi, who had lost both of his children, felt a special bond with the character of Francesco Foscari, the baritone, who loses his son in the course of this opera.”
Domingo is joined by Francesco Meli as Jacopo Foscari, Anna Pirozzi as Lucrezia Contarini, Alexander Vinogradov as Jacopo Loredano, Giuseppe Tommaso as Barbarino and Erika Beretti as Pisana. Massimo Zanetti conducts the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.
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 October 4, 7, 10 and 13 -2020, Plácido Domingo performs the title role in Verdi's Nabucco at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Nabucco, Verdi’s third opera and his first great success, is based on the story of the Babylonian king and his power-hungry daughter Abigaille. Domingo first took on this role in 2013 at London’s Royal Opera House.
The Leo Muscato production also features Fabio Sartori (Ismaele), Alexander Vinogradov (Zaccaria), and María José Siri (Abigaille). Paolo Carignani conducts the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra.
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