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    Domingo Returns to the Royal Opera House

    On January 23, 26, and 30, Plácido Domingo returns to the Royal Opera House for three performances of La Traviata. Performing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, Domingo is joined by soprano Ermonela Jaho (Violetta Valéry) and Charles Castronovo (Alfredo Germont). The naturalistic Richard Eyre production beautifully contrasts the superficial glamor of 19th-century Parisian life with the private passions of Violetta and Alfredo.

    Antonello Manacorda conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.


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    A Busy 2019 Begins in Honduras

    Plácido Domingo’s busy January sees the legendary musician on the concert stage with four performances across the globe.

    On January 10, Domingo travels to Tegucigalpa for “En el corazón de Honduras," performed at the Palacia Universitario de los Deportes (UNAH). Shortly after, Domingo heads to Denmark, performing in concert on January 14 at Musikhuset Aarhus.

    Next, Domingo performs at the Philharmonie de Paris for an evening of Verdian masterworks on January 18. He is joined by Irina Lungu, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and Rafal Siwek. Eugene Kohn conducts the Orchestra National de Belgique.

    At the end of January, Domingo celebrates Mozart’s birthday (January 27) at the National Theatre of Prague, conducting a program of Mozart arias and duets performed by Adela Zaharia, Štěpánka Pučálková, Petr Nekoranec, and Simone Alberghini


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    New York City Celebrates Plácido Domingo

    Marking the 50th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s Metropolitan Opera debut, New York City eagerly celebrated the great performer’s legacy.

    At the opening night of Il Trittico, Metropolitan Opera General Director Peter Gelb presented Domingo with a piece of the Metropolitan Opera stage (as well as a gilded version of Domingo’s costume from Otello), honoring Domingo’s grand legacy at the Met. Many of Domingo’s distinguished colleagues, including Martina Arroyo, Sherrill Milnes, James Morris, and Teresa Stratas, were in attendance.

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    Remarking on the evening, The New York Times wrote, “the sheer life force he now embodies—nearly 80 and still adding new roles to a roster of 150—is a wonder of the world.”

    Later, on December 8, Café Fiorello—located across from the Metropolitan Opera since 1974—honored Domingo with a star-studded reception across from Lincoln Center. Many guests came to celebrate the legendary performer’s career, including Diana Damrau, Pretty Yende, Isabel Leonard, Javier Camarena and more.

    Performances of Il Trittico continue on December 12 and 15. The prolific Domingo returns to the Metropolitan Opera in February and March to conduct Verdi’s Aida and in April to perform in La Traviata. The Metropolitan Opera again celebrates Domingo’s incredible legacy with a gala dinner on the magnificent Metropolitan Opera stage on April 28.


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    Two Performances at the Palau de les Arts Valencia

    This month, Plácido Domingo returns to the Palau de les Arts Valencia for two performances on December 19 and 22.

    On December 19, the legendary performer sings a program of operatic favorites, including selections from Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, Madama Butterfly. He is joined by Ana María Martínez and the Singers of the Plácido Domingo Center. Óliver Díaz conducts the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.

    Later, on December 22, Domingo bids farewell to 2018 by conducting an evening of winter favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and selections from Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.


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    Requiem di Verdi in Jalisco

    On December 2, Plácido Domingo conducts the Requiem di Verdi at the Conjunto de Artes Escénicas at the Universidad de Guadalajara. The evening is performed in honor of Pepita Embil, Domingo’s mother and a masterful performer of zarzuela, who was born 100 years ago on February 28, 2018. Domingo leads the Orquesta Filarmónica of Jalisco, Coro Municipal of Zapopan and soloists Maria Katzarava, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and Nicholas Brownlee.

    On the day before the performance, the Board of Trustees of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco will present Domingo with the "José Pablo Moncayo.” This award is given to distinguished cultural icons in classical music and opera and will be presented at the Conjunto de Artes Escénicas.


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    Domingo Returns to the Met in Il Trittico

    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.


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