This September, Plácido Domingo returns to tenor repertoire with the role of Bajazet in one of Handel’s great operas, Tamerlano, at Teatro alla Scala.
Always seeking a new challenge, the prolific maestro first sang the role of Bajazet in 2008, an occasion which also marked the first Handel opera of his career. Domingo now returns to the role of the imprisoned Ottoman Emperor in a production directed by Davide Livermore, in his La Scala debut.
Domingo is joined by the acclaimed countertenor Bejun Mehta, who sings the title role as the tempestuous King of the Tartars driven by his desire for Bajazet’s daughter, Asteria (Maria Grazia Schiavo). The production also includes Franco Fagioli as Andronico, Marianne Crebassa as Irene, and Christian Senn as Leone.
Led by conductor Diego Fasolis, an esteemed specialist in Baroque and early music, this production features the La Scala orchestra’s newly created Baroque ensemble. Performances run September 12, 19, 22, 25, and 27 and the production will be live broadcast on RaiRadio3 on September 12.
Domingo begins a busy fall season with a return to Teatro alla Scala for Handel's Tamerlano on September 12, 19, 22, 25, and 27. Domingo sings the tenor role of Bajazet, the defeated Ottoman Emperor whose fate rests at the mercy of Tamerlano, Emperor of the Tartars (sung by one of the opera world's finest countertenors, Bejun Mehta). Domingo is joined by Marianne Crebassa, Christian Senn, Franco Fagioli and Maria Grazia Schiavo in a production conducted by Diego Fasolis and directed by Davide Livermore.
Domingo then travels to Los Angeles, returning to the podium of LA Opera to conduct four performances of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers on October 7, 15, 19, and 22. He leads a fantastic cast, featuring soprano Nino Machaidze as the mysterious priestess Leila who captures the amorous attention of Zurga (Alfredo Daza) and Nadir (Javier Camerena, in his premiere of the role). Leading the LA Opera Orchestra, Domingo conducts Bizet's ravishing score, which includes the famous duet "Au fond du temple saint".
In between performances of The Pearl Fishers, the prolific Domingo travels to San Antonio for a concert at the Alamodome on October 18. A pre-celebration of San Antonio's Tri-Centennial Anniversary, Domingo returns to the city for the first time in six years to perform a delightful concert of famous operatic arias, traditional Spanish songs and popular music.
Following the Alamodome concert and The Pearl Fishers, Domingo returns to the title role of Nabucco at LA Opera (October 14; November 2, 5, 8, 11, and 19). Singing one of his signature Verdi roles of recent years, Domingo is joined by one of opera's brightest stars, Liudmyla Monastyrska, who makes her company debut singing the power-hungry Abigaille in this production directed by Thaddeus Strassberger.
Domingo closes the fall season with a celebration of his collaborative legacy with LA Opera at the Placido Domingo 50th Anniversary Concert on November 17 and a concert at Sparekassen Fyn Arena in Odense, Denmark on November 24.
On August 11 and 14, Plácido Domingo returns to Salzburg to sing the role of Francesco Foscari in a concert performance of Verdi's I Due Foscari. One of Domingo's notable baritone roles, Domingo has been hailed as "the definitive Francesco" (Financial Times), singing the role with great success at Teatro alla Scala and Royal Opera House.
As Francesco Foscari, the Doge of Venice, Domingo expertly conveys the psychological ambiguity of a man torn between paternal love and political duty. Based on Byron's drama, The Two Foscari, Verdi's opera revolves around the conflicted conscience of a father forced by political responsibility to exile his only surviving son.
Domingo is joined by two former Operalia finalists, tenor Joseph Calleja and soprano Guanqun Yu. Michele Mariotti conducts, leading the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.
Following the exciting final round of Plácido Domingo’s annual Operalia competition, the winners of the 25th edition of the competition have been announced.
Adela Zaharia (soprano, Romania) and Levy Sekgapane (tenor, South Africa) were announced as the First Prize winners, each earning the top monetary prize of US$30,000. Second Prize honors were awarded to Kristina Mkhitaryan (soprano, Russia) and Davide Giusti (tenor, Italy), and Third Prize honors were awarded to Maria Mudryak (soprano, Kazakhstan) and Leon Kim (baritone, Republic of Korea).
With each passing year, the level of singers participating in Operalia is increasingly high and the level of competition is increasingly strong. Consequently, Maestro Plácido Domingo has decided to inaugurate an Encouragement Award in the amount of US$5,000 for every singer that reaches the final round of the competition, but who does not claim one of the top monetary prizes. Encouragement Awards were presented to finalists Damiana Mizzi (soprano, Italy), So Young Park (soprano, Republic of Korea), Vlada Borovko (soprano, Russia), Rupert Enticknap (countertenor, UK), Ruslana Koval (soprano, Ukraine), Emmett O’Hanlon (baritone, USA).
Operalia provides a tremendous platform for today’s emerging operatic talents to raise their professional profile, bringing exposure to managers, conductors, stage directors and audiences worldwide. This year's competition was held at Astana Opera in Kazakhstan.
Rolex is proud to have presented Operalia for the 16th consecutive year, perpetuating its commitment to the arts through a privileged partnership with Plácido Domingo, who has been a Rolex Testimonee since 1982, and extending the brand’s support to the exceptionally gifted young performers that share its quest for excellence and perfection.
Plácido Domingo’s annual Operalia competition, sponsored by Rolex, was held this year at the Astana Opera in Kazakhstan’s capital city.
Founded in 1993 to discover and honor the best new young opera singers of today, Operalia has already seen numerous winners and competitors go on to become household names in the opera world, including Joseph Calleja, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Rolando Villazón, Pretty Yende, Joyce DiDonato, and Sonya Yoncheva.
Plácido Domingo stars as the King of Scotland in the LA Opera production of Verdi: Macbeth, released on DVD/Blu-ray by Sony Classical.
The video release captures the Darko Tresnjak-directed production mounted in Los Angeles in October 2016.
"All baritones shouldn’t and don’t sound alike, and Domingo’s vocal character is special. He commands the stage and the music he sings" - LA Times
Domingo portrays the timeless Shakespeare character torn between ambition and guilt, joined by mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Banquo, Joshua Guerrerro as Macduff, and the LA Opera orchestra and chorus conducted by James Conlon.
You can watch Domingo sing “Perfidi! ... Pietà, rispetto, amore”: