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  • Domingo Celebrates the Re-opening of Houston Grand Opera’s Wortham Theater

    On September 26, Plácido Domingo performs with the Houston Grand Opera at the Wortham Theater Center for a one-night-only celebration of the re-opening of the Wortham after Hurricane Harvey.

    Domingo first appeared on the Wortham stage thirty years ago, starring as Radamès in Verdi’s masterpiece Aida for the theater’s opening. Following a year-long journey to restore the Wortham, Domingo returns to the stage for Coming Home, a magical evening of music celebrating a much-anticipated homecoming for Houston Grand Opera. Domingo is joined in concert by the HGO Orchestra and guest soprano Ana María Martínez. HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers conducts.

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    Coming Soon: Volver with Pablo Sáinz Villegas

    On October 12, Sony Classical releases Volver, a musical collaboration between the legendary Plácido Domingo and classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas. Together, the pair play and sing famous Iberian and Latin American songs, including Violeta Parras’s "Gracias a la vida" and Alfredo Le Pera’s "Volver". Grammy winner Rafa Sardina arranged the music, capturing Plácido Domingo’s incredible voice in a uniquely intimate way.

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    The album’s first single, Carlo Gardel and Álvaro Carrillo’s "Sabor a mí" is now available.

    Preview the album: 

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    Preorder now.

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    Presenting the Winners of Operalia 2018!

    Operalia 2018 is proud to present the winners of this year's competition.

    Held at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal, this year's competition included 40 contestants from 22 different countries, including Canada, Switzerland, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States.

    First Prize honors were awarded to Emily D'Angelo (mezzo-soprano, Canada/Italy) and Pavel Petrov (tenor, Belarus). D’Angelo also claimed the Birgit Nilsson Prize, the Pepita Embil Prize for Zarzuela and the Prize of the Audience—the first clean sweep of all top honors in Operalia history.

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    Domingo Opens the 2018/2019 Season at LA Opera

    On September 22, Plácido Domingo performs in Don Carlo, opening the 2018/2019 season at LA Opera. One of Verdi’s grandest works, Don Carlo is an epic tale of moral duty in the midst of political intrigue.

    Domingo sings the role of the heroic Marquis of Posa, alongside tenor Ramón Vargas as the titular Don Carlo (a role which Domingo first sang in 1967). The spectacular cast also includes Ana María Martínez (Elisabeth de Valois), Anna Smirnova (Princess Eboli), Morris Robinson (The Grand Inquisitor), and Ferrucio Furlanetto and Alexander Vinogradov (alternating as King Philip II). James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this production directed by Ian Judge.

    Performances continue on September 29; October 4, 7, 11, and 14. The opera will be performed in concert at the Musco Center for the Arts on October 1.

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    Domingo Performs Worldwide this Fall

    This fall, Plácido Domingo takes the stage across the globe, performing in Muscat, Los Angeles, Durango, Seoul, New York, and more.

    Domingo’s fall performances begin on September 6 & 8 at the Royal Opera House Muscat with two exciting evenings of Spanish zarzuela. Domingo shares the stage with Ana María Martínez and Arturo Chacón Cruz, performing with the orchestra of the renowned Fondazione Arena di Verona under the baton of Spanish conductor, Jordi Bernàcer. The performance also features the special participation of the renowned Antonio Gades Company.

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    Later, on September 13, Domingo conducts “Music from Spain” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The program brings the joy, passion, and spirit of Spain to Los Angeles, with works by Albéniz, Sarasate, and more. The evening also features Joshua Bell (violin), Pablo Sáinz Villegas (guitar), and Lucero Teno (castanets).

    From September 22 through October 14, Domingo performs in Verdi’s masterpiece Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera, singing the role of Rodrigo, the Marquis of Posa. Domingo is joined by Ramón Vargas (Don Carlo, a role Domingo first sang in 1967), Ana María Martínez (Elisabeth de Valois), Anna Smirnova (Princess Eboli), Morris Robinson (the Grand Inquisitor), and Ferrucio Furlanetto and Alexander Vinogradov (King Philip II). James Conlon conducts. The superstar cast will also perform the opera in concert at the Musco Center for the Arts on October 1.

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    Following the opening of Don Carlo, Domingo travels to Houston to perform a special gala concert with Houston Grand Opera, Coming Home (September 26). The evening celebrates the much-awaited re-opening of the Wortham Theater Center after the damage of Hurricane Harvey. Conductor Patrick Summers leads the HGO Orchestra, with special guest soprano Ana María Martínez.

    A busy October includes concerts in Durango (October 17), San Francisco (October 21), and Seoul (October 26). In November, Domingo returns to the Metropolitan Opera, where he made his debut 50 years ago. Domingo performs the title role in Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, part of director Jack O’Brien’s exciting production of Il Trittico. Conducted by Bertrand de Billy, Puccini’s famous triple-bill also features Amber Wagner, Marcelo Álvarez, Kristine Opolais, and Stephanie Blythe.

    Domingo closes 2018 with two concerts at the Palau des les Arts in Valencia Spain, singing on December 19 and conducting on December 22.

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    150th Role Debut at the Salzburg Festival

    On August 23 and 26, Plácido Domingo makes his 150th role debut, singing the baritone role of Zurga in concert performances of Les Pêcheurs de perles at the 2018 Salzburg Festival.

    Domingo first performed in Les Pêcheurs de perles in the tenor role of Nadir, making his role debut on his 23rd birthday, January 21, 1964, at the Israeli Opera House in Tel Aviv. He continued to perform the opera a total of 51 times, primarily in Tel Aviv and on tour in other cities throughout Israel.

    Now, Domingo returns to Bizet’s classic opera, performing alongside Javier Camarena (Nadir) and Aida Garifullina (Leïla). Riccardo Minasi leads the Philharmonica Chor Wien and Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.

    The first performance will be broadcast on August 25 at 7:30 pm CEST on ORF Radio Channel Ö1.

    Read more from The New York Times.

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