Placído Domingo has been at home on the world’s stages for over half a century. Well over 4,000 singing and conducting engagements to date have taken him across the globe, from leading opera houses to historic concerts celebrating some of the greatest international events.
My Greatest Roles
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.
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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.
Plácido Domingo will receive the 2020 Austrian Music Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award on August 6, 2020 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.