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    Celebrating 50 Years at Teatro alla Scala

    The 2019/2020 season marks the 50th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s debut at Teatro alla Scala. The prolific performer made his La Scala debut at the age of twenty-eight, in Verdi’s Ernani, on December 7, 1969 – opening night of the ensemble’s 1969-1970 season.

    He recalled, in My First Forty Years: “I had already sung at the Met, the Vienna State Opera, and other great theaters. But when you stand on the stage of La Scala and look into that beautiful auditorium, you cannot help thinking that nearly every celebrated singer from Mozart’s day to our own has performed there.”

    Plácido Domingo has performed over 20 roles at Teatro alla Scala, including Otello, Siegmund, Calaf, Ernani, Don Carlo, Parsifal, Samson, Simon Boccanegra and Francesco Foscari, and has also conducted in numerous ocassions.

    In the celebratory gala evening on December 15, 2019, Domingo will perform a Verdi repertoire together with Saioa Hernández, Jorge de León and Ferruccio Furlanetto, accompanied by the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Evelino Pidò.


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    In Concert in Szeged Hungary

    On August 28, the legendary Plácido Domingo performs at the newly opened Szent Gellért Forum in Szeged Hungary. The celebrated Domingo’s performance marks the opening performance at the new sports center.

    Domingo is joined by frequent collaborator Ana María Martinez. Conductor Eugene Kohn leads the Mav Symphony Orchestra in a glorious evening of operatic favorites.


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    Domingo Performs at the Salzburg Festival

    Plácido Domingo takes the stage for two performances of Luisa Miller in concert at the Salzburg Festival this August. A frequent performer at the Salzburg Festival, Domingo will portray Miller in Verdi’s familial tragedy.

    Domingo is joined by Roberto Tagliavini as Il conte di Walter, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, and Nino Machaidze as Luisa. Conductor James Conlon leads the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus.

    For performance details and tickets (Aug 25 & 31), click here.


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    Presenting the Winners of Operalia 2019!

    Operalia 2019 is proud to present the winners of this year's competition.

    Held at the Prague National Theater, this year's First Prize honors were awarded to Adriana Gonzalez (soprano, Guatemala) and Xabier Anduaga (tenor, Spain).

    Second Prize honors were awarded to Maria Kataeva (mezzo-soprano, Russia) and Gihoon Kim (baritone, South Korea), both of whom were voted as audience favorites.

    Christina Nilsson (soprano, Sweden) and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (countertenor, USA/Germany) were awarded the Third Prize. The Pepita Embil Zarzuela Prize was awarded to Adriana Gonzalez and the Plácido Domingo Ferrer Zarzuela Prize was awarded to Xabier Anduaga. Russian soprano Anna Shapovalova was awarded the CulturArte de Puerto Rico Prize.

    This year marked the 27th anniversary of Operalia, which was founded by Plácido Domingo in 1993 and has brought some of opera's most celebrated singers onto the world stage, including Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, and many others.

    For the next six months, audiences around the world can watch the final round and award ceremony for free on-demand on

    Congratulations to all the winners and participants for another great year!


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    Watch the final round of Operalia 2019!

    This Friday, July 26, the final round of Operalia 2019 will be webcast live from the Prague National Theater.

    Audiences around the world will be able to watch the final round and award ceremony on

    Founded by Plácido Domingo in 1993, Operalia has brought some of opera's most celebrated singers onto the world stage, including Nina Stemme, Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, and many others.

    Watch the final round and award ceremony.


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    Gala Plácido Domingo at Terme di Caracalla

    On August 7, Plácido Domingo performs at the legendary Terme di Caracalla for a special gala evening, “Noche Española.”

    Conducted by Jordi Bernàcer, the evening also features soprano Ana María Martínez and tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz in an evening of zarzuela and Spanish classical music. The singers will be accompanied by the Rome Opera Theater Orchestra and the Antonio Gades Dance Company of Madrid.

    Built between 212 and 216 AD, the Baths of Caracalla are among the largest thermal baths in the world. Almost 30 years ago, the famous ruins marked the backdrop for the original Three Tenors concert featuring Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and conductor Zubin Mehta.


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