On May 16 Plácido Domingo conducts Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the reopening of Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, in an evening dedicated to the victims of COVID-19.
On his long awaited return to Piacenza after 48 years, Domingo leads the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza and soloists María José Siri, Annalisa Stroppa, Michele Pertusi and Operalia Winner Antonio Poli.
Audiences from around the world will have access to the performance via Opera Streaming
On May 6 and 9, Plácido Domingo returns to Moscow to perform the role of Giorgio Germont in two sold-out performances of La traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre.
The cast also features Operalia laureates Irina Lungu and Arturo Chacón-Cruz in the roles of Violetta and Alfredo. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in a Francesca Zambello production.
“La traviata has been important to me from the start of my career” Domingo has said, “I sang the small part of Gastone in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1960, when I was only nineteen, and in the same city I sang the leading tenor role of Alfredo the following year – it was my debut in a leading role. I have also conducted this great masterpiece, and now I have had the privilege of singing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father.”
On April 15 and 18 Plácido Domingo returns to Verdi’s Don Carlo for two sold-out performances at the Bolshoi Theatre, singing the role of the heroic Marquis of Posa -a role he first sang in June 2017 at the Wiener Staatsoper.
About Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, Domingo has said “I long considered Don Carlo to be one of Verdi’s greatest achievements. Earlier in my career, I had the honor of performing the title tenor role opposite a number of distinguished baritones as Rodrigo. I always felt that Verdi’s deep admiration for the freedom-loving Rodrigo shines through in his beautiful music. It has been a thrill for me to take on this gratifying role myself."
The cast also includes Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo, Anna Netrebko and Hibla Gerzmava alternating as Elisabeth de Valois, Ferruccio Furlanetto as King Phillip II, Agunda Kulaeva as Princess Eboli and Denis Makarov as The Grand Inquisitor. Paolo Carignani leads the Bolshoi Orchestra in a production directed by Daniele Abbado.
Plácido Domingo was awarded with the Global Star Prize at Third International Professional BraVo Music Awards, held at the Bolshoi Theatre on April 3rd.
The ceremony’s host, Elena Sever, announced: “The name of this singer can be a synonym of the world ‘phenomenon,’ given the phenomenal length of his singing career and the phenomenal number of opera roles he had performed. One of the greatest living singers, Placido Domingo, wins the BraVo award in the Global Star nomination”
Domingo said “it is with my deepest gratitude that I thank the International BraVo Awards for their consideration and for giving me this very special award”. “I am thrilled and honored to have been awarded this year in the company of so many wonderful artists, musicians, and institutions” he added.
Operalia Winner Bogdan Volkov was also honored with a 2021 BraVo Award, in the Best Classical Male Vocal category.
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Plácido Domingo received “Universitas Summa Cum Laude” recognition at the GEES Spain Group VI Institutional Act and Symposium that took place on March 25
Each year GEES Spain Group pays tribute and honors the work of outstanding Spanish men and women who are great examples in their diverse professional fields and who are the best ambassadors of the Spanish Monarchy, its history, culture, literature, science, research and innovation.
In this year’s GEES Spain event at the Spanish Army War College “the great Maestro Plácido Domingo, who needs no introduction, multifaceted and Marca España” was one of the honorees.
Domingo received the recognition from Mexico via a video message, with enthusiasm and gratitude and said “For me it is a pleasure, and I take great pride in representing Spain and honoring its name everywhere I go. Following my parents’ steps, I’ve taken zarzuela through every corner of the world, and with no exception, the public who listens to our music remains eternally marked by our joy and passion. I will keep on showcasing and spreading this, our treasure, until God allows me”.
Watch Plácido Domingo video message to GEES Spain Group
On March 9, Plácido Domingo returns to the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre for the sold out Gala “Spring. Love. Opera”.
For this Gala, the second of the season in Moscow, Domingo is joined by a “team” of Opera stars led by Operalia Winners Sonya Yoncheva, Aida Garifullina, Maria Kataeva and Erwin Schrott, as well as soprano Oksana Dyka and tenor Javier Camarena.
The “Spring. Love. Opera” Gala marks the house debut for Sonya Yoncheva, Maria Kataeva, Erwin Schrott and Javier Camarena, who will be singing at the Bolshoi for the first time.
Maestro Anton Grishanini conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.