Plácido Domingo will receive the 2020 Austrian Music Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award on August 6 at the W.A. Amadeus Airport in Salzburg.
In a press release, the Austrian Music Theatre said “With his multifaceted talent, Plácido Domingo is one of the best and most influential vocal actors in the world; he has been setting international standards at the very highest level for decades. In addition to his repertoire, which with more than 150 roles has never been matched by any other tenor, Domingo has also made a name for himself as a conductor and opera director. Reason enough for initiator Karl-Michael Ebner to award this exceptional artist, who suffered from COVID-19 and has since recovered, with this year's Austrian Music Theater Prize for his life's work.”
Maestro Domingo said “It is with great pleasure that I have received the news that the Austrian Music Theatre Prize will be awarded to me for my career! Even greater is the joy of receiving it in the anniversary year of the Salzburg Festival, exactly 45 years after my debut in Salzburg. It is such a delicate moment in history for all of us, for our health and for the health of the whole world. The message of the Austrian Music Theatre Prize is simply wonderful: the promotion of the arts, and especially of music, is important in order to gain the energy for a new beginning. Austria is the country where music has accompanied every person since childhood. It is an immeasurable asset for the inner wealth of us all. My career is firmly connected with Vienna and Salzburg, where over the years I have had the honour of working with the best artists who have made me truly great. We applaud them for their commitment to make this incomparable atmosphere possible. We all hope that we will soon be able to breathe freely again, because we miss them so much”
“Plácido Domingo is without doubt one of the greatest artists of our time. With over 4,050 performances, the tenor is a cultural ambassador without equal. In addition to an unparalleled career, Domingo has also rendered outstanding services in the promotion of young talent as the initiator of several singing competitions and sponsorship programs. It is a great pleasure and honour for me to honour him in the city where he made his debut at the Festival 45 years ago” added Ebner.
Among the artists honored for their lifetime achievement at the Austrian Music Theater Prize are René Kollo (2019), Grace Bumbry (2017), Zubin Mehta (2016), and Neil Shicoff (2015).
Highlighting its 2020/21 Season, Plácido Domingo returns to the Wiener Staatsoper in the title roles of Simon Boccanegra and Nabucco.
In Simon Boccanegra, Domingo joins Günther Groissböck, Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Hibla Gerzmava under the baton of Maestro Evelino Pidò. Performances will take place in September 9, 12, 15 and 18 -2020.
Along Plácido Domingo, Freddie De Tommaso, Riccardo Zanellato, Anna Pirozzi and Szilvia Vörös will perform in Nabucco on January 11, 14 and 19 -2021, under the baton of Maestro Paolo Carignani.
Opera legend Plácido Domingo begins 2020 in Berlin with two sold out performances of La Traviata at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden on January 16 & 19; followed by two concerts in Japan, alongside Saoia Hernández at Tokyo International Forum (January 28) and Suntory Hall Tokyo (January 31).
On March 22, 26 and April 2, Domingo returns to the Staatsoper Hamburg as Simon Boccanegra, followed by a concert at KKL Luzern in Switzerland on March 30. Next, Domingo conducts Verdi’s Requiem at Zaradye Hall in Moscow, Russia on April 28 with the Russian State Orchestra EF Svetlanov, Irina Lungu, Agunda Kulaeva, Arturo Chacón-Cruz and Grigory Shkarupa.
Domingo closes the spring in Spain, performing in concert at the inauguration of the XXXII edition of Festival de Úbeda on May 3, then travels to Madrid to perform Giorgio Germont in La Traviata at Teatro Real, alongside Nadine Sierra and Michael Fabiano (May 9, 12, 17, 20 and 23).
Domingo also returns to his beloved Zarzuela with Luisa Fernanda at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, conducting on May 10 and performing the role of Vidal Hernando in a sold out performance on May 14.
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.
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.
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.