The Metropolitan Opera has recently announced its 2019/2020 season, promising two exciting appearances by the prolific Plácido Domingo.
On September 25, 28, and October 1, Domingo performs as Macbeth opposite sopranos Anna Netrebko (September 25 and 28) and Anna Pirozzi (October 1) as Lady Macbeth in Adrian Noble’s evocative production. The cast also includes Matthew Polenzani (Macduff) and Ildar Abdrazakov (Banquo). Marco Armiliato conducts.
Watch excerpts from the 2018 Staatsoper Berlin production of Macbeth featuring Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko.
Later in the fall, the inimitable Domingo makes another role debut, performing as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. He is joined by soprano Hui He (Cio-Cio-San) and tenor Andrea Carè (Pinkerton). Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production. Domingo sings November 6, 9, 13, and 16.
On March 3, Plácido Domingo will be celebrated at a special concert in Guadalajara, honoring of his tremendous career and his role as an ambassador of Spanish culture. He will perform at the event, accompanied performers who have been inspired by his legacy, including Alejandro Fernández, Emmanuel & Mijares, Andrés Calamaro, Banda MS, Arturo Chacón, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Dvicio, Sin Bandera, Juanes, Cristian Castro and Isaac Hernández.
The concert will be held at Estadio 3 de Marzo.
Beginning March 22, Plácido Domingo returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for four performances of Simon Boccanegra, Verdi’s masterful depiction of the first Doge of Genoa, a man whose fate is determined by love and politics. The cast also features Eleonora Buratto as the Doge’s long-lost daughter Amelia, Francesco Meli as Amelia’s love and Boccanegra’s enemy Gabriele Adorno, and Kwangchul Youn as Amelia’s grandfather Fiesco. Philippe Auguin conducts the Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper in this production by director Peter Stein.
Domingo first performed the role of the Doge in 2009 at the Staatsoper unter den Linden in a performance led by conductor Daniel Barenboim. The occasion marked Domingo’s first foray into baritone repertoire, and he has performed the role in major houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House.
On March 12, 14, and 17, Plácido Domingo returns to Milan for three performances of La Traviata at Teatro alla Scala.
Performing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, Domingo is joined by soprano Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta Valéry) and tenor Francesco Meli (Alfredo Germont). The beloved La Scala production is staged by Liliana Cavani, with sets by Oscar winner Dante Ferretti and costumes by Gabriella Pescucci. Marco Armiliato conducts.
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Announcing its 2019/2020 Season, Los Angeles Opera will feature another role debut for the unparalleled Plácido Domingo: the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux.
In February 2020, Domingo will make his role debut as the Duke of Nottingham, the wronged husband caught up in Roberto Devereux’s scandalous web of deceit. Domingo is joined by Ramón Vargas as Roberto Devereux, a role Domingo sang with the legendary Beverly Sills at New York City Opera in 1970. The Stephen Lawless production also includes soprano Davinia Rodríguez, who makes her Los Angeles Opera debut as Queen Elizabeth and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Sara, Duchess of Nottingham. Conductor Eun Sun Kim makes her company debut, leading the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.
Performances run February 22, 27; March 1, 5, 8 and 14, 2020.
A patron of the International Opera Awards since their inception, Plácido Domingo received the first ever Honorary Fellowship of the Opera Awards Foundation on January 28 at the Royal Society of Arts.
The evening included a special presentation by Domingo’s biographer Helena Matheopoulous, followed by a Q&A with Domingo himself.
Speaking on his involvement with the Opera Awards Foundation, Domingo said: ‘I’m delighted that the Opera Awards Foundation has made such a huge contribution to the lives of hundreds of young singers and people wanting careers in this profession. It is a pleasure to support them and I am honored to accept the fellowship.’
Harry Hyman, founder of the International Opera Awards and the Opera Awards Foundation said: ‘In centuries to come people will marvel at Plácido Domingo’s extraordinary career and be envious of those of us who have been privileged to experience his artistry. No other singer has ever had a career that comes close to matching his.’
Founded by Harry Hyman in 2012, the International Opera Awards celebrates opera as an exceptional art form and the talented individuals and organizations committed furthering opera today.