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Plácido Domingo returns to Milan for the Teatro all Scala Season Inauguration Gala “A riveder le stelle”, to take place on December 7 -the Feast of Sant’Ambrogio, Patron Saint of Milan.
For this special evening, Domingo will join Rosa Feola, Lisette Oropesa, Ludovic Tézier, and Sonya Yoncheva - all prize winners in past editions of Operalia, and Ildar Abdrazakov, Roberto Alagna, Carlos Álvarez, Piotr Beczala, Benjamin Bernheim, Eleonora Buratto, Marianne Crebassa, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Vittorio Grigolo, Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandra Kurzak, Francesco Meli, Camilla Nylund, Kristine Opolais, George Petean, Marina Rebeka, Luca Salsi and Andreas Schager.
Maestro Riccardo Chally conducts La Scala Orchestra.
This year La Scala unique opening night will be broadcast on TV and streamed online starting at 5 pm CET.
More information at teatroallascala.org
On December 5, Plácido Domingo returns to Monaco to sing the role of Francesco Foscari in a concert performance of Verdi's I due Foscari. One of Domingo's notable baritone roles, Domingo has been hailed by the Financial Times as "the definitive Francesco", singing the role with great success at Teatro alla Scala and Royal Opera House.
Based on Byron’s drama, I due Foscari revolves around the conflict between paternal love and political duty. “I first looked at this opera when I was recording all of Verdi’s tenor arias for the Verdi centenary in 2001,” Domingo says. “I think that Verdi, who had lost both of his children, felt a special bond with the character of Francesco Foscari, the baritone, who loses his son in the course of this opera.”
Domingo is joined by Francesco Meli as Jacopo Foscari, Anna Pirozzi as Lucrezia Contarini, Alexander Vinogradov as Jacopo Loredano, Giuseppe Tommaso as Barbarino and Erika Beretti as Pisana. Massimo Zanetti conducts the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.
This month, Plácido Domingo returns to the Bolshoi Theatre for two performances on October 21 and 24.
On October 21, Plácido Domingo leads the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra for the first time in a single performance of Manon Lescaut.
Under Domingo’s baton, the cast includes Anna Nechaeva in the title role, Elchin Azizov as Lescaut, Oleg Dolgov as Chevalier des Greux, Star Kunchulia as Geronte de Ravoir and Ilya Selivanov as Edmond.
Domingo, who made his debut as Des Greux with Renata Tebaldi in Hartford, Connecticut in 1968, began conducting Manon Lescaut in 2007 at the Washington National Opera.
Later, on October 24, Domingo stars in the sold out Gala Bolshoi and Plácido Domingo: Life in Opera, alongside Anna Netrebko, Pretty Yende, Christina Nilsson, Emily D’Angelo, Piotr Beczala, Yusif Eyvazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, Michael Volle and Xabier Anduaga. Tugan Sokhiev conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.
On October 4, 7, 10 and 13 -2020, Plácido Domingo performs the title role in Verdi's Nabucco at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Nabucco, Verdi’s third opera and his first great success, is based on the story of the Babylonian king and his power-hungry daughter Abigaille. Domingo first took on this role in 2013 at London’s Royal Opera House.
The Leo Muscato production also features Fabio Sartori (Ismaele), Alexander Vinogradov (Zaccaria), and María José Siri (Abigaille). Paolo Carignani conducts the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra.
For performance details and tickets click here.
Plácido Domingo will receive the prestigious CC Forum Award on September 25th, 2020 at the closing gala of the Monaco Climate Change Forum, to be held in Monte-Carlo under the High Patronage and with participation of HSH Prince Albert II Grimaldi of Monaco.
The CC Forum, focused on sustainable development, brings together leading institutional and private investors, policymakers, thought leaders, and innovative startups united in their zeal to change the current economic paradigm and effectively make the world a better place.
Domingo, who will receive the award for his humanitarian work to support those affected by natural disasters, said “It’s a great honor for me to attend the CC Forum and to receive the prestigious CC Forum 2020 Award. The opportunity to bring together many international personalities, under the aegis of HSH Prince Albert II Grimaldi of Monaco, to discuss initiatives to safeguard our planet, is not only a commendable project, but now more than ever a real necessity. In recent months we have experienced first hand an emergency of unprecedented proportions, unfortunately still unresolved.”
Maestro Domingo added that “The world of music, often experienced only as entertainment, in recent months has instead demonstrated an enormous ability to raise awareness and to comfort the people. I am convinced that we all have a duty to preserve the world we live in, especially for future generations, because our health coincides with that of our planet.”
CC Forum’s previous edition was held in London in October 2019 and received a royal greeting from HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Plácido Domingo closed the legendary Arena di Verona 2020 Summer Festival with two special evenings, bringing his distinguished baritone voice to the sold out “Plácido Domingo per l’Arena” and conducting the “Opera e Passione in Arena” concerts.
On August 28th -2020, “Placido Domingo per l’Arena” featured the most beautiful arias and duos by Giuseppe Verdi and Umberto Giordano. For this event, Domingo was joined by soprano Saioa Hernandez, accompanied by the Arena di Verona Orchestra under the baton of Jordi Bernàcer.
On August 29th -2020, Domingo conducted “Opera e Passione in Arena”, where Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo sang delightful love duets by Gounod, Massenet and Puccini, alongside Mihaela Marcu and Davide Luciano, bringing the 2020 Arena di Verona Summer Festival to a close.