Placído Domingo has been at home on the world’s stages for over half a century. Well over 4,000 singing and conducting engagements to date have taken him across the globe, from leading opera houses to historic concerts celebrating some of the greatest international events.
This month, Plácido Domingo sings the title role in Gianni Schicchi at the Metropolitan Opera, part of Puccini's Il Trittico. The performance marks Domingo's house role debut, following his first performance of the role at LA Opera in 2015. Domingo joins Marcelo Álvarez, Stephanie Blythe, and Kristine Opolais in this epic production by Jack O’Brien. Conducted by Bertand de Billy, the production marks the centennial of Il Trittico's world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on December 14, 1918.
Performances of Il Trittico run November 23, 26, 30; December 5, 8, 12, and 15.
Domingo returns to the Metropolitan Opera later in the season to conduct Aida and to sing in La Traviata (Germont). A special celebration of Domingo’s fifty years with the Metropolitan Opera will be held on April 28.
On October 28, Plácido Domingo performed as part of the Mexican Grand Prix, treating the crowd to a mariachi-backed rendition of "Cielito Lindo." Domingo also joined in on the racing action with a pre-race lap.
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On October 28, Mexico's Conservatorio Nacional de Música (National Conservatory of Music) honored Plácido Domingo’s tremendous legacy, naming their outdoor auditorium the "Auditorio al Aire Libre Plácido Domingo." The dedication honors Domingo as a formative artist in Mexico, celebrating his place in Mexican musical history.
On November 5, Plácido Domingo conducts the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra at the illustrious Carnegie Hall. The event marks the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut, made as part of its autumn tour to the United States.
The concert is dedicated to the memory of Italian composer Aldo Finzi and includes his three symphonic poems, Interludio, L’Infinito, and Numquam (Sinfonia romana), as well as a violin concerto by contemporary Italian composer Fabio Vacchi. The evening also includes works by Berlioz, Kálmán, Dohnányi, and Bartók.
Violinist Nagao Haruka and soprano Andrea Rost join as soloists. Balázs Kocsár also conducts.
Volver, a musical collaboration between the remarkable Plácido Domingo and classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, is now available from Sony Classical. The album offers a collection of 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.
Following performances in Don Carlo at LA Opera (for which the LA Times praised Domingo as “ageless as ever”), Plácido Domingo travels throughout October for concerts in Durango, San Francisco, and Seoul.
Domingo first performs on October 17 as part of the Festival Cultural Revueltas, an arts festival honoring the incredible legacy of the Revueltas family and bringing together local, national, and international artists to highlight Durango’s artistic traditions.
Later, on October 21, Domingo performs in concert at San Francisco Opera in an evening of popular arias and duets. He is joined by frequent guests, soprano Ana María Martínez and tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz. Jordi Bernàcer conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
At the end of October, Domingo travels to Seoul for a concert performance at Jamsil Gymnastic Stadium. Soprano Ana María Martínez joins in this evening conducted by Eugene Kohn.