Following his appearances in Mérida and Florence, the legendary Plácido Domingo returns to the Bolshoi Theatre podium.
Beginning October 12, Domingo conducts three sold out performances of Tosca with operatic luminary Anna Netrebko starring in the title role on October 12 and 14, opposite Elchin Azizov as Scarpia and Murat Katrahan as Cavaradossi, a role which Domingo himself sang for 225 performances. On October 16, Lithuanian soprano Maria Lobanova takes over the role of Floria Tosca.
Later, on October 24, Domingo conducts the Operalia 2021 Final Gala Concert leading the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, which will be streamed live to audiences around the world via Medici.TV.
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On October 3, Plácido Domingo will be honored with the San Pietro a Majella Award in a special ceremony in Naples that will also usher in the "CARUSO 100" project, a journey funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research to celebrate great tenor Enrico Caruso, 100 years after his death.
The prestigious Conservatory of Naples, the oldest in the world, stated that Domingo, who was “chosen as the sumptuous testimonial of this ample Caruso celebration” will speak in front of the Conservatory students “about his own privileged relationship with the Caruso legend, including his choice of repertoire ranging from great melodrama to Neapolitan song.” After the conversation, Domingo will receive the exclusive distinction which until now has only been awarded to Aldo Ciccolini, Roberto De Simone and Riccardo Muti.
“The San Pietro a Majella Award is a great privilege that the Conservatory of Naples bestows upon me. It is even more significant for me to receive it right now, as part of the celebrations of Caruso's centenary. Enrico Caruso is 'the' tenor: he is an eternal myth! He was an inspiration for me and for many other artists like me, especially tenors” said Domingo, praising Naples’ atmosphere and the magnificent Neapolitan song.
On October 2 and 5, Plácido Domingo returns to Florence for two performances of La Traviata at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Singing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, Domingo joins Nadine Sierra as Violetta Valéry and Francesco Meli as Alfredo Germont. The new production, directed by Davide Livermore, is set in the revolutionary scenery of 1968 Paris. Maestro Zubin Mehta leads the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
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.