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    Two sold-out performances of Don Carlo at the Bolshoi Theatre

    On April 15 and 18 Plácido Domingo returns to Verdi’s Don Carlo for two sold-out performances at the Bolshoi Theatre, singing the role of the heroic Marquis of Posa -a role he first sang in June 2017 at the Wiener Staatsoper. 

    About Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, Domingo has said “I long considered Don Carlo to be one of Verdi’s greatest achievements. Earlier in my career, I had the honor of performing the title tenor role opposite a number of distinguished baritones as Rodrigo. I always felt that Verdi’s deep admiration for the freedom-loving Rodrigo shines through in his beautiful music. It has been a thrill for me to take on this gratifying role myself."

    The cast also includes Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo, Anna Netrebko and Hibla Gerzmava alternating as Elisabeth de Valois, Ferruccio Furlanetto as King Phillip II, Agunda Kulaeva as Princess Eboli and Denis Makarov as The Grand Inquisitor. Paolo Carignani leads the Bolshoi Orchestra in a production directed by Daniele Abbado.


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    Plácido Domingo honored as "Global Star" at the 2021 BraVo Awards

    Plácido Domingo was awarded with the Global Star Prize at Third International Professional BraVo Music Awards, held at the Bolshoi Theatre on April 3rd.

    The ceremony’s host, Elena Sever, announced: “The name of this singer can be a synonym of the world ‘phenomenon,’ given the phenomenal length of his singing career and the phenomenal number of opera roles he had performed. One of the greatest living singers, Placido Domingo, wins the BraVo award in the Global Star nomination”

    Domingo said “it is with my deepest gratitude that I thank the International BraVo Awards for their consideration and for giving me this very special award”. “I am thrilled and honored to have been awarded this year in the company of so many wonderful artists, musicians, and institutions” he added.

    Operalia Winner Bogdan Volkov was also honored with a  2021 BraVo Award, in the Best Classical Male Vocal category.


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    Plácido Domingo honored by the GEES Spain Group

    Plácido Domingo received “Universitas Summa Cum Laude” recognition at the GEES Spain Group VI Institutional Act and Symposium that took place on March 25 

    Each year GEES Spain Group pays tribute and honors the work of outstanding Spanish men and women who are great examples in their diverse professional fields and who are the best ambassadors of the Spanish Monarchy, its history, culture, literature, science, research and innovation. 

    In this year’s GEES Spain event at the Spanish Army War College “the great Maestro Plácido Domingo, who needs no introduction, multifaceted and Marca España” was one of the honorees.

    Domingo received the recognition from Mexico via a video message, with enthusiasm and gratitude and said “For me it is a pleasure, and I take great pride in representing Spain and honoring its name everywhere I go. Following my parents’ steps, I’ve taken zarzuela through every corner of the world, and with no exception, the public who listens to our music remains eternally marked by our joy and passion. I will keep on showcasing  and spreading this, our treasure, until God allows me”.

    Watch Plácido Domingo video message to GEES Spain Group

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    Gala Concert at the Bolshoi Theatre

    On March 9, Plácido Domingo returns to the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre for the sold out Gala “Spring. Love. Opera”.

    For this Gala, the second of the season in Moscow, Domingo is joined by a “team” of Opera stars led by Operalia Winners Sonya Yoncheva, Aida Garifullina, Maria Kataeva and Erwin Schrott, as well as soprano Oksana Dyka and tenor Javier Camarena.

    The “Spring. Love. Opera” Gala marks the house debut for Sonya Yoncheva, Maria Kataeva, Erwin Schrott and Javier Camarena, who will be singing at the Bolshoi for the first time.

    Maestro Anton Grishanini conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.


  • Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at the Mariinsky Theatre

    On March 4, Plácido Domingo returns to the Mariinsky Theatre to perform the title role in Simon Boccanegra under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev. 

    Plácido Domingo first took on the role of the Doge in 2009 at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. “When Daniel Barenboim invited me to do the part in Berlin I accepted, and that was my first baritone role,” Domingo has said.

    The Andrea de Rosa production also features Tatiana Serjan, Stanislav Trofimov, Gleb Peryazev and Operalia Winners Migran Agadzhanyan and Roman Burdenko.


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    Domingo conducts two sold-out performances of La Bohème at the Bolshoi Theatre

    After his successful debut as conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre with Manon Lescaut in October 2020,  Plácido Domingo returns to the historic podium for two sold out performances of La Bohème on February 12 and 14

    Under Domingo’s baton, the cast includes Svetlana Lachina as Mimì, Bekhzod Davronov as Rodolfo, Markus Werba as Marcello, Nikolai Kazansky as Schaunard, Andrei Valenty as Colline and Operalia Winner Aida Garifullina as Musetta.

    Domingo, who performed the role of Rodolfo for 29 years after his debut in Mexico in 1962, conducted La Bohème for the first time on his Metropolitan Opera debut as conductor in 1984.


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