Following a spectacular Concert in Rio de Janeiro, Plácido Domingo continues his summer season at the Salzburg Festival, appearing as guest soloist with the Wiener Philharmoniker (July 23) and starring in a sold-out run of Verdi's Il Trovatore (August 9 - 24).
On July 23, Domingo guests in Max Reger’s Requiem with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Singverein under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Domingo and Barenboim performed Reger’s "Hebbel Requiem” earlier this year at the Staatsoper Berlin’s annual Festtage.
From August 9 to 24, Plácido Domingo stars opposite Anna Netrebko in a sold-out run of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. On August 18, Deutsche Grammophon releases Il Trovatore–featuring Domingo and Netrebko conducted by Daniel Barenboim–on DVD, Blu-ray, and e-video.
This Thursday, July 17, the Arena di Verona presents "Plácido Domingo Sings Verdi,” a magnificent concert celebrating the music of the iconic opera composer. Together with the artists of the Arena Festival 2014, Domingo performs signature arias, duets, and trios from La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, and I due Foscari. Maestro Daniel Oren conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona. Purchase tickets here: www.arena.it
On July 20, against the scenic backdrop of the Tuscan Hills, Plácido Domingo conducts Andrea Boccelli in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana at the Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, Italy. Domingo leads the Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Corale Quadriclavio for this splendid, open-air performance. Purchase tickets here: www.vivaticket.it
Listeners around the world can enjoy Plácido Domingo's spectacular Concert in Rio, featuring piano sensation Lang Lang and soprano Ana María Martínez, in television broadcasts worldwide. The concert, which takes place July 11 at the HSBC Arena just two days before the World Cup Final, will be broadcast on the following networks:
Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Poland, Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland
CCTV / BesTV / CINEMA
**Schedule subject to change. Please check your local listings.**
The 22nd edition of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia will feature 40 young singers representing 17 nations, as announced by the competition’s host for 2014, the Los Angeles Opera. This year’s jury was also confirmed, and is set to include stage director Marta Domingo, editor-in-chief of Opera News
F. Paul Driscoll, and 12 other panelists including managers and casting directors from opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Domingo, who is also General Director of LA Opera, supervises the panel as a non-voting member. This marks the first time in 10 years that Operalia will be held in the United States and the second time in the competition’s history that it will be held in Los Angeles.
Selected from nearly 1,000 applications, the entrants in this year's competition include sopranos Julie Adams, Jungwon Choi, Anaïs Constans, Kiri Deonarine, Nicole Haslett, Hanna Husáhr, Tamara Kalinkina, Cecilia Violetta López, So Young Park, Christina Poulitsi, Mariangela Sicilia, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, and Amanda Woodbury; mezzo-sopranos Cristina Alunno, Carol Garcia, Alisa Kolosova, Abigail Levis, and Victoria Yarovaya; countertenors John Holiday and Andrey Nemzer; tenors Mario Chang, Joshua Guerrero, Airam Hernandez Delgado, Anthony Kalil, Abdellah Lasri, Yi Li, Rafael Moras, Andre Nevans, and Jinxu Xiahou; baritones Aleksey Bogdanov, Alexandre Duhamel, Dan Kempson, Alexey Lavrov, Alex Lawrence, Germán Olvera, Shea Owens, and Ivan Thirion; bass-baritone Damien Pass, and basses Pavel Shmulevich and Anatoli Sivko.
Held from August 25 to August 30, the Operalia competition’s final round—a Gala Finals Concert with the LA Opera Orchestra led by Domingo—is open to the public.
Plácido Domingo returns to Rio de Janeiro for the the biggest international event of the year, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As one of sport’s most visible ambassadors and a loyal soccer fan himself, Plácido Domingo returns for the Concert in Rio! at HSBC Arena, a spectacular evening featuring Chinese pianist sensation Lang Lang, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and Brazil’s own Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, conducted by Eugene Kohn.
Plácido Domingo previously sang with his colleagues José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in the historic 3 Tenor Concert events at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome in 1990, with further concerts at Dodger’s Stadium in Los Angeles in 1994, Champs de Mars in Paris in 1998, and at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan in 2002. Domingo starred in the Berlin Concert opposite Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón at the Waldbühne for the 2006 World Cup.
This is the first time in 19 years that Domingo appears in Rio de Janeiro, having last performed in the city in 1995. This year’s event will feature some of the most exciting selections from Domingo’s operatic repertoire as well as an array of pieces from other genres ranging from operetta, broadway, zarzuela and popular music from around the world. Lang Lang will offer a taste of his masterfulness on both classical and popular music. Domingo and his guests are thrilled by the opportunity to make music together with Brazil’s very own Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira.
On July 7, Plácido Domingo headlines a concert in Santiago, Chile at the Movistar Arena to an audience of over 12,000. Donations collected at the performance will benefit the restoration of the Teatro Municipal, which was ravaged by fire in 2013. Plácido Domingo will be joined by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago and soprano Verónica Villarroel, under the direction of Eugene Kohn.
Plácido Domingo returns to the Royal Opera House to conduct Puccini’s Tosca from June 16 to 26. Domingo leads a cast that includes operatic luminaries Sondra Radvanovsky as the opera’s tragic heroine, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as Scarpia, and rising star tenor Riccardo Massi as Cavaradossi.
Next season, Plácido Domingo will return to the Royal Opera House to star in Verdi’s La traviata (23 May, June 3, 2015) and a new production of I due Foscari(October 14 to November 2, 2014). The Operalia Competition—founded by Plácido Domingo more than 20 years ago to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young singers of today—arrives at Covent Garden for the first time next year, with its spectacular final taking place on July 19, 2015.
Deutsche Grammophon has released a new recording of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, starring Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko. Full of passion and pathos, Giovanna d Arco– Verdi’s take on the legendary heroine Joan of Arc–is regarded as one of Verdi's early masterpieces. The album, recorded live during the critically acclaimed performances of the 2013 Salzburg Festival, sees Plácido Domingo as Giacomo the shepherd, father of the iconic martyr Giovanna, sung by Anna Netrebko. Francesco Meli portrays Carlo VII, King of France. The new release, performed with Münchner Rundfunkorchester led by Paolo Carignani, marks Plácido Domingo’s first complete audio recording in a baritone role.
On May 22, Plácido Domingo headlines a spectacular, sold-out concert at Kazan’s Tatneft Arena with the State Symphony Orchestra of Tartarstan. Soprano Aida Garifulina, a Kazan-native, and Belarusian tenor Vladimir Dmitruk guest on the program. Both singers are winners of the 2013 Operalia competition, which discovers and honors the best new young opera singers of today.
In anticipation of the May 22 concert, Plácido Domingo paid a visit to the historic Kazan Kremlin, where he was received by the city’s mayor Ilsur Metshin. The City of Kazan has invited over 2000 music educators to attend the performance, which begins at 7:00pm.