This summer, Plácido Domingo conducts Die Walküre at the historic Bayreuther Festspiele, which was established by Richard Wagner himself in 1876. The second of the Ring operas, Die Walküre is the story of the great god Wotan's son, Siegmund and Siegmund's cursed love for his wife and twin sister, Sieglinde. In this epic battle against fate, the archetypal Brünnhilde defies Wotan's wishes to secure the survival of Sieglinde and her future child.
Directed by Frank Castorf, the production feature Stephen Gould (Siegmund), Tobias Kehrer (Hunding), John Lundgren and Greer Grimsley (alternating as Wotan), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde), and Marina Prudenskaya (Fricka). Domingo conducts on July 31, August 18, and August 29.
This July, Plácido Domingo performs in two concert productions of Massenet’s Thaïs at Teatro Real, Madrid (July 26) and Festival Castell Peralada (July 29). Domingo sings the role of Athanaël, alongside Ermonela Jaho in the title role. This past February, the pair performed the opera together at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, in an event which marked China’s first production of the opera.
Conductor Patrick Fournillier, an expert in the works of Massenet and founder and musical director of the Festival Massenet of Saint-Étienne, leads the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real.
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On June 22, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, joined Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, to announce the winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. The Awards celebrate best practices in heritage conservation, management, research, education, and communication.
The 7 Grand Prix laureates include:
Education, Training and Awareness-Raising: Culture Leap: Educational Programme, FINLAND
The Ceremony is among the highlights of the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit, one of the key European events of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018
The Ceremony also featured a compilation of the best entries in the 2018 Ode2joy Challenge, an initiative launched by Maestro Domingo in January 2018.
On June 17, Plácido Domingo returns to Staatsoper unter den Linden for five performances of Verdi’s Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s classic tale of ruthless ambition and fate. One of Verdi’s darkest and most disturbing works, Macbeth shattered the operatic conventions of its time.
Domingo is joined by Russian soprano Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), whose mesmerizing performance entranced audiences at the Royal Opera House earlier this season. Directed by Harry Kupfer, the production also features Kwangchul Youn (Banquo), Fabio Sartori (Macduff), and Florian Hoffmann (Malcolm). Daniel Barenboim conducts.
The performance will be broadcast on Arte on June 21, 2018.
Read more about Domingo’s experience performing as Macbeth.
On June 13, Plácido Domingo will join Anna Netrebko and Juan Diego Flórez at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Held in Moscow’s famous Red Square, the event features many of opera’s top stars, including Yusif Eyvazov, Aida Garifullina, Albina Shagimuratova, and Ildar Abdrazakov. Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Iberia Airlines has named its new Airbus A350/900 after the legendary Plácido Domingo. The plane is a newer model of the 2011 A340-300, which was also named after the esteemed performer.
The first “Plácido Domingo” will start flying regularly in July, taking its first flight across the Atlantic in August.