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    Plácido Domingo Conducts Verdi’s Requiem in Honor of His Mother, Pepita Embil

    On March 1, Plácido Domingo conducts Verdi’s Messa de Requiem in honor of his mother, Pepita Embil, who was born 100 years ago, on February 28, 1918.

    The performance features soprano Ana María Martínez, mezzo soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrero, tenor Arturo Chacón, and bass-baritone Nicolas Brownlee. They are joined by the Orfeón Donostiarra and Orquesta Sinfónica Verum at the Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián, Spain.

    The concert is presented in partnership with the Asociación Lírica Sasibill as part of a double-bill honoring the “Queen of Zarzuela.” The program also includes a performance of Federico Moreno Torroba’s zarzuela Sor Navarra on February 28.


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    Plácido Domingo featured in “Crónicas - Teatro Real: las mejores notas”

    Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Teatro Real de Madrid, “Crónicas” highlights the history and behind-the-scenes workings of the opera house, speaking with the legendary Plácido Domingo about his experiences singing at the historic cultural institution.

    In the documentary, Domingo discusses his personal history with the opera house, including the theater’s reopening as an opera house in 1997 and the world premiere of Spanish composer Antón García Abril's Divinas Palabras. The prolific Domingo returns to the theater later this summer, performing in a concert version of Thaïs with Ermonela Jaho on July 26.  

    The documentary will air on television on February 17 at 22:00 (CET) on RTVE 24H and can be viewed on the RTVE website.


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    Partnership Announced with China’s National Centre for Performing Arts

    The prolific Plácido Domingo has announced a new partnership with China’s National Centre for Performing Arts, where Domingo will serve as Artistic Director for the NCPA’s “Domingo Young Artist Program.” The Maestro will be responsible for artistic aspects of the new initiative, including programming, selection of instructors, and selection of participating young artists.

    Domingo’s relationship with the NCPA began in 2012, when the NCPA hosted the 20th edition of Operalia: The World Opera Competition. Since 2012, Domingo has graced the NCPA stage on multiple occasions, including productions of Nabucco, Simon Boccanegra, and most recently, the Chinese premiere of Massenet’s Thaïs. In each of these productions, Domingo has worked to highlight the work of rising Chinese opera singers, including tenor Yi Li, tenor Wenwei Zhang, mezzo-soprano Fang Dong, and many more.

    This exciting program aims to bring a new generation of Chinese opera singers to opera houses worldwide and to further develop appreciation of opera in China.


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    Domingo joins Netrebko in Paris for La Traviata

    On February 21, 25, and 28, Plácido Domingo joins Anna Netrebko for three performances of La Traviata at Opéra national de Paris. Domingo sings the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, a concerned father who separates his son Alfredo (Charles Castronovo) from the former courtesan Violetta (Anna Netrebko). The production, directed by Benoît Jacquot, beautifully portrays the immense tragedy of a heroine torn between love and moral duty. Domingo's portrayal of the older Germont captures both the man's concern for his family in Act II and his immense remorse upon meeting the doomed Violetta in Act III.

    Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger leads the Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus.


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    Domingo Conducts Five Performances of Tosca at Royal Opera House

    Beginning on February 17, Domingo conducts five performances of Tosca in London at the Royal Opera House with Martina Serafin in the title role.

    Puccini’s brutal thriller circles around the dramatic tension between love, lust, and politics as the malevolent Scarpia ruthlessly pursues the opera singer Tosca by threatening the life of her beloved Cavaradossi. Jonathan Kent directs this tale of political menace and instability.

    Tenors Massimo Giordano and Riccardo Massi alternate as Cavaradossi (a role which Domingo himself sang for 225 performances) and baritone Marco Vratogna sings the villainous Scarpia. Domingo conducts, leading the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, on February 17, 19, 22, 26, and March 3.


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    Domingo Performs in First Chinese Production of Thaïs

    This February, Plácido Domingo travels to Beijing to perform as Athanaël in China’s first production of Massenet’s Thaïs, presented at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Since 2010, Domingo has performed in several NCPA productions, including Nabucco and Macbeth.

    Directed by Argentinian director and designer Hugo de Ana, this production also features Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho as the entrancing Thaïs, whose beauty captivates the ascetic monk Athanaël. The cast also includes tenor Alessandro Liberatore, bass Zhang Wenwei, soprano Jia Kun, and mezzo-soprano Dong Fang.

    French conductor Patrick Fournillier leads this masterpiece of the French operatic repertoire, collaborating with the NCPA orchestra and chorus. Domingo performs on February 2 and 5.

    Read more about the role of Athanaël.


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