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Announcing its 2019/2020 Season, Los Angeles Opera will feature another role debut for the unparalleled Plácido Domingo: the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux.
In February 2020, Domingo will make his role debut as the Duke of Nottingham, the wronged husband caught up in Roberto Devereux’s scandalous web of deceit. Domingo is joined by Ramón Vargas as Roberto Devereux, a role Domingo sang with the legendary Beverly Sills at New York City Opera in 1970. The Stephen Lawless production also includes soprano Davinia Rodríguez, who makes her Los Angeles Opera debut as Queen Elizabeth and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Sara, Duchess of Nottingham. Conductor Eun Sun Kim makes her company debut, leading the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.
Performances run February 22, 27; March 1, 5, 8 and 14, 2020.
A patron of the International Opera Awards since their inception, Plácido Domingo received the first ever Honorary Fellowship of the Opera Awards Foundation on January 28 at the Royal Society of Arts.
The evening included a special presentation by Domingo’s biographer Helena Matheopoulous, followed by a Q&A with Domingo himself.
Speaking on his involvement with the Opera Awards Foundation, Domingo said: ‘I’m delighted that the Opera Awards Foundation has made such a huge contribution to the lives of hundreds of young singers and people wanting careers in this profession. It is a pleasure to support them and I am honored to accept the fellowship.’
Harry Hyman, founder of the International Opera Awards and the Opera Awards Foundation said: ‘In centuries to come people will marvel at Plácido Domingo’s extraordinary career and be envious of those of us who have been privileged to experience his artistry. No other singer has ever had a career that comes close to matching his.’
Founded by Harry Hyman in 2012, the International Opera Awards celebrates opera as an exceptional art form and the talented individuals and organizations committed furthering opera today.
At the end of February, Plácido Domingo returns to the podium of the Metropolitan Opera to conduct three performances of Verdi’s monumental work, Aida.
The magnificent Sonja Frisell production returns to the Metropolitan Opera with Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, Oleysa Petrova as her rival Amneris, and the tenor Jorge de León as Radamès. The cast is rounded out with Quinn Kelsey as Amonasro, Štefan Kocán as Ramfis, and Solomon Howard as The King.
Domingo conducts the final performances of Aida for the 2018/2019 season, on February 28, March 4, and March 7.
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A busy February for Plácido Domingo is marked by debut performances in Ukraine, Lithuania, and Estonia. Throughout the month, the prolific Domingo presents a program of opera and operetta classics, as well as Broadway favorites and zarzuela gems.
The tour begins on February 13, when the legendary performer sings at the Ukraine Palace in Kiev, the largest concert hall in Ukraine. He sings alongside sopranos Kristine Opolais and Micaëla Oeste with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Jordi Bernacer conducts.
This February, Marta Domingo’s dazzling production La Traviata will be staged at the Royal Opera House Muscat.
On February 7 and 9, Plácido Domingo sings the role of Germont, Alfredo’s concerned father, who fervently objects to his son’s relationship with the courtesan Violetta. The cast also includes Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan (Violetta) and Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Alfredo), with new choreography by the Antonio Gades Company. The production features the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
On February 10, Domingo conducts the performance, with baritone Simone Piazzola performing the role of Germont.
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Operalia is accepting applications to compete in this year’s competition until February 1, 2019.
The Operalia competition is open to singers of all voice types, between the ages of 18 and 32 years old, who are ready to perform on the world’s great opera stages. This year’s competition will take place from July 21, 2019 through July 26, 2019 at the National Theater in Prague.
The first round of applications will be reviewed by a panel of three judges who will select the 40 contestants to be invited to participate this summer in Prague, Czech Republic.
Past winners of the competition include Nina Stemme, Erwin Schrott, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, Olga Peretyatko, and Angel Blue.
Learn more about the application process.
Watch the final round of Operalia 2018 on Medici.TV until March 2, 2019.