Plácido Domingo announces LA Opera’s 2015/16 season Plácido Domingo, LA Opera's Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, has announced the company’s 2015/16 season. This will be the 30th season presented by the company, created by Mr. Domingo in collaboration with Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon and President and CEO Christopher Koelsch. The company's 30th anniversary season will include six mainstage productions and two concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with a total of 40 performances taking place in that venue, as well as 13 performances presented elsewhere through the company's Off Grand initiative.
The season opens with a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci, two iconic LA Opera productions (September 12 through October 3, 2015). Mr. Domingo will sing the title role in Woody Allen's staging of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. The opera will be conducted by Grant Gershon, the company's Resident Conductor, and it will also feature Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Rinuccio, Andriana Chuchman as Lauretta and Meredith Arwady as Zita. After the intermission, Mr. Domingo will move to the orchestra pit to conduct Franco Zeffirelli's grandly-scaled production of Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, starring Marco Berti as Canio, Ana María Martínez as Nedda and George Gagnidze as Tonio.
On March 18, 2016, LA Opera presents a 30th anniversary concert starring Plácido Domingo and Renée Fleming, joined by James Conlon conducting the LA Opera Orchestra. The two singers combine forces for an unforgettable one-night-only event featuring many of opera's greatest arias and duets.
“Since opera is about bringing people together, we dedicate this anniversary season to our audiences and to our community for the incredible faith and support that they have shown us over the past three decades," said Mr. Domingo. "We have crafted a season full of audience favorites, and I am especially looking forward to the opportunity to both sing and conduct in our season-opening double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci. Since I believe that an anniversary is not only a time to look back, but also forward, I'm also thrilled to welcome Moby-Dick, a true modern masterpiece, to our stage, along with several exciting Off Grand presentations designed to expand the definition of the opera experience. Additionally, I am especially pleased to welcome my friend and colleague Gustavo Dudamel for his LA Opera debut, leading the final two performances of our mainstage season.”
On January 19, 2015, Plácido Domingo appears in concert with the Filarmonia Istanbul Orchestra at Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The performance will include signature operatic arias, beloved works from the American musical theater, as well as all-time favorites such as “Granada” and "Bésame Mucho.”
Plácido Domingo was made Doctor Honoris Causa by the eight-century-old University of Salamanca, the oldest institution of higher education in Spain and fourth in Europe, at a solemn ceremony earlier this week attended by both family and academic luminaries. Deeply touched by the honor, Domingo reaffirmed his belief that music is essential for the development of the human spirit, and for that reason, an essential component of education at all levels.
In an extraordinary celebration of the Italian composer’s music, Plácido Domingo headlines the January 16, 2015 Verdi gala with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, led by conductor Eugene Kohn. Joined onstage by soprano Angel Blue–a finalist of the Operalia competition—Domingo performs arias and duets from works such as Macbeth, Ernani, Simon Boccanegra, La Traviata, La Forza del Destino, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore, and Les Vêpres Siciliennes.
On December 8, 2014, Plácido Domingo debuts at Belgrade’s Kombank Arena, his first performance in Serbia in more than two decades. Domingo is joined by sopranos Virginia Tola and Micaëla Oeste, as well as the Radio-Television Symphonic Orchestra and Choir of Serbia, under the baton of Israel Gursky. The concert will feature favorite arias and duets from Andrea Chénier, Macbeth, La Traviata, and Il Trovatore, as well as selections from musicals such as South Pacific and Man of La Mancha, in addition to works by Leonard Bernstein and Federico Moreno Torroba.
At a press conference anticipating the event, Domingo recalled “the warmth and enthusiasm of the Serbian audience in 1988,” and reiterated his hope that “the audience will enjoy the concert just as much I enjoyed them then.”
Plácido Domingo will be featured as both conductor and singer this December at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. From December 9 to 21, Domingo conducts Giacomo Puccini’s tragedy Manon Lescaut, starring María José Siri in the title role, Rafael Dávila as Des Grieux, and German Olvera as Lescaut.
From December 15 to 22, 2014 and January 9 & 12, 2015, Domingo takes on the role of Vidal Hernando in Spanish composer Federico Moreno Torroba’s zarzuela Luisa Fernanda, opposite Davinia Rodríguez as the titular character.
In both productions, Domingo collaborates with the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, with whom he recorded his recent album Verdi, recently named winner of the 2014 Latin Grammy for “Best Classical Album.”
LA Opera, led by General Director Plácido Domingo, presents Mexican composer Daniel Catán's magical opera Florencia en el Amazonas November 22 to December 22, 2014. Inspired by Nobel-prize winning writer Gabriel García Márquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, Catán's opera traces a steamboat passage through the fabled rainforest. This journey becomes a mystical voyage of discovery in which each passenger harbors secret hopes of what the trip will bring. Among them, a famous prima donna hopes to recapture the great love of her life. Reality and fantasy intertwine as the dangerous splendors of the Amazon test the travelers’ preconceptions of their hopes and dreams.
The sensational Chilean soprano Verónica Villarroel returns as Florencia, joined by one of the finest casts ever assembled for this production, including fast-rising soprano Lisette Oropesa. The opera boasts a ravishingly beautiful score by Daniel Catán, highlighted by passionate melodies and sumptuous orchestrations reminiscent of Puccini and Debussy. Domingo originated the role of Pablo Neruda for the composer's final opera Il Postino.
Plácido Domingo’s album of Verdi baritone arias on the Sony Classical label has won the Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Album. The honor is Domingo's fourth Latin Grammy and his 13th Grammy Award overall. Recorded with the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valencíana with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, the collection showcases Domingo performing baritone roles from Macbeth, Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Ernani, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo and La Forza del Destino.
This Sunday, November 23, Plácido Domingo performs a spectacular concert at Seoul’s Olympic Gymnasium, singing favorite operatic arias, beloved selections from the American musical canon, and songs from Encanto del Mar, his latest album of music from the Mediterranean. Domingo is joined by conductor Eugene Kohn, who leads the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and guest soloists Verginia Tola—a laureate of the Operalia competition—and So Young Park, a member of LA Opera's Domingo-Coburn-Stein Young Artist Program
Plácido Domingo returns Milan's Teatro alla Scala to star in the title role of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Domingo portrays the Genoan Doge in performances on November 6, 11, 13, 16, and 19 [please hyperlink dates to http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/season/opera-ballet/2013-2014/simon-boccanegra.html]. The run sees Tatiana Serjan as Amelia, Orlin Anastassov as Fiesco, Fabio Sartori as Gabriele Adorno and Artur Rucinski as Paolo.
Video: Plácido Domingo spoke about his performances of Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro alla Scala.
In a return to London's Royal Opera House this season, Plácido Domingo stars in Verdi's I due Foscari in performances October 14 to November 2, 2014. Domingo portrays the illustrious Doge Francesco Foscari, who along with his only surviving son, Jacopo, struggles to affirm their honor in a Venice plagued by intrigue and rivalry. The cast also includes Francesco Meli, Maria Agresta, and Maurizio Muraro. The performances are conducted by Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna (October 30 and November 2 only).
The Spanish singer and conductor was recently interviewed by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera, ahead of the fall performances in a live streamed event. Watch the interview here.
Also this season at Covent Garden, Domingo will reprise the role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La traviata on May 28 and June 3, 2015. The finale to the 2015 edition of Plácido Domingo's Operalia, the World Opera Competition, takes place at the Royal Opera House on July 19, 2015.
Sony Classical releases a new album from Plácido Domingo, Encanto del Mar, a delightful collection of Mediterranean songs that treat listeners to the singer basking in a mellow, relaxed and reflective mood. Flanked by a small group of musicians on Spanish guitar, bandoneon, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, bass, harp and percussion, Domingo melds music from several cultures, including North African rhythms, Iberian harmonies and Italian melodic lines.
‘Encanto del Mar’ showcases Plácido Domingo’s signature musical versatility and his attention to detail and every nuance of the vocal line. Tracks include: Mediterráneo (Spanish); Estate (Italian); En Méditerranée (French); Aranjuez (Spanish); Anghjulina (Corsican); Torna a Surriento (Neapolitan); Non Potho Reposare (Sardinian); Lamma Bada (Arabic); Adio Kerida (Ladino); To Yasemi (Greek-Cypriot); Reginella (Neapolitan); Layla, layla (Hebrew); El cant dels ocells (Catalan); Del Cabello Mas Sutil (Spanish); Plaisir d’Amour (French).
Plácido Domingo will close this year’s iTunes Festival in London on September 30, organizers recently announced.
From the historic stage of the Roundhouse to audiences around the globe, iTunes Festival brings together the biggest names in music for 30 nights of performances. iTunes Festival returns to London in September 2014. Fellow performers at this year’s festival include Deadmau5, Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, and Maroon 5, among many others.
LA Opera Board Chairman Marc Stern announced today, September 5, that the Board of Directors has extended Plácido Domingo’s contract as the company’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director through the end of the 2018/19 season.
“Plácido Domingo has transformed Los Angeles into a world-class operatic capital,” said Mr. Stern. “I am continually astounded by his inspired artistic vision, his boundless energy, and his passionate advocacy for music, the arts and education. I am equally honored and excited for LA Opera to continue collaborating with him in the seasons to come.”
“I love Los Angeles and I am proud to continue leading LA Opera well into the future,” said Domingo. “It is enormously gratifying to have been part of this company from its earliest years, but I am even more excited about what we can achieve as we continue to build an opera company for the 21st century.”
Plácido Domingo has been an important and vital presence in LA Opera’s administration since the Company’s formation, having served as Artistic Consultant (since 1984) and Artistic Director (2001-2003) before he was named General Director in 2003. Under his leadership and artistic vision, LA Opera has rapidly grown to become a company of international stature. As a performer, he first appeared in Los Angeles in 1967, starring in a New York City Opera tour of Alberto Ginastera’s Don Rodrigo at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with additional appearances on subsequent tours with New York City Opera as well as with the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) and Deutsche Oper Berlin. He sang the title role in LA Opera’s inaugural production of Otello in 1986 and he has appeared regularly with the company since then; his appearance later this month as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata will be his 26th different role with LA Opera, and he has also conducted 15 different operas to date with the company. His keen interest in helping young singers led to the 2006 formation of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.