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.
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).
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.
On the heels of his 22nd annual Operalia Competition–“the Olympics of opera”–Plácido Domingo stars in LA Opera’s production of Verdi’s La traviata as Giorgio Germont September 13 to 28 at Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. Domingo appears opposite Nino Machaidze as Violetta and Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Alfredo in a dazzling Art Deco-inspired production by Marta Domingo.
Plácido Domingo has launched the 2014 edition of the Operalia Competition, a contest founded by Domingo to discover and honor the best new young opera singers of today. This year’s edition of Operalia is hosted by Los Angeles Opera at the city’s Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. The final performance will be webcast live around the world by medici.tv on Saturday, August 30 beginning at 7:00pm PT | 10:00pm ET. The free broadcast will be archived for 90 days in the medici.tv archive for complimentary access after the initial broadcast. Access the broadcast here.
The 22nd edition of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia features 40 young singers representing 17 nations. This year’s jury includes 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 third 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.
On August 18, Deutsche Grammophone releases Plácido Domingo’s acclaimed performance in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Staatsoper Berlin on DVD, Blu-ray, and e-video. The video release sees Domingo as Count di Luna opposite Anna Netrebko as Leonora, Gaston Rivero as Manrico, and Marina Prudenskaya as Azucena with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Order the DVD or Order the Blu-ray
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. >>> Purchase tickets here
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. >>> Order from Amazon >>> Download from iTunes