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    New Year’s Gala at the Bolshoi Theatre

    Following the success at the Zarzuela Benefit Gala in his native Madrid, Plácido Domingo returns to Moscow on January 13 for the sold-out New Year’s Gala “Domingo Invites”.

    For the evening of operatic favorites at the Bolshoi Theatre, Domingo is joined by Eva-Maria Westbroek, Angela Gheorghiu, Hibla Gerzmava, Danielle de Niese, Ekaterina Semenchuk, René Pape and Operalia Laureate Mario Chang.

    Maestro Marco Armiliato conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. 


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    2022 begins in Madrid

    Plácido Domingo returns to the Spanish stages on January 8, once again for a charitable cause, joining a dozen artists at the XXI Gran Gala Solidaria de Zarzuela at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, in benefit of Cáritas.

    The Gala, entirely dedicated to Zarzuela, a genre Domingo has promoted around the world, includes selections from El Bateo, La Leyenda del Beso, La Tabernera del Puerto, El Dúo de la Africana, Los Gavilanes, La Calesera, Doña Francisquita, Luisa Fernanda, El Último Romántico, Los Gerifaltes, Marina, La del Soto del Parral, La Alegría de la Huerta and María la O.

    For this special evening, which involves over 200 people contributing altruistically, Domingo joins Operalia Laureates Carmen Solís and Nancy Fabiola Herrera, as well as Marina Monzó, Cristina Faús, Celso Albelo, Jorge de León, Antonio Vázquez, Carlos Álvarez, Rubén Amoretti and Simón Orfila. They will be accompanied by the UCAM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Borja Quintas, the Coslada-Madrid Choral Group directed by Felipe Bel and the Estampas de Zarzuela ballet directed by Sofía Martín.

    Manuel Bretón, President of Cáritas, thanked all the artists, organizers, sponsors and collaborators for their commitment to help vulnerable families, stating that “Actions like this fill us with strength and hope in our fight for a better world for all.”  Domingo, delighted to return to his native and beloved Madrid, where the audience has always welcomed him with affection and enthusiasm, declared to be “doubly excited to support this admirable Foundation and to have the opportunity to sing Zarzuela once again.”

    Zarzuela holds a very special place in Domingo’s heart: “in fact it has accompanied me throughout my life since I was in the cradle, it brings me back to my roots. Performing Zarzuela keeps alive the oeuvre of my beloved parents and of the composers, some of whom I was lucky enough to meet” said Domingo. “It is a joy to see how Zarzuela engages audiences around the world and I am delighted to be interpreting it again in a few days, in the city where it was born” he added.


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    Domingo to be honored with the Verga Prize for Lifetime Achievement

    In 2022, the prestigious Festival Verghiano, with the patronage of the European Parliament, the Region of Sicily, the Pontifical Council for Culture and other illustrious institutions, will distinguish Plácido Domingo with the Verga Prize for Lifetime Achievement, in recognition of “the unique career of an artist who stands out for his eclecticism, extraordinary commitment and indestructible interpretative vigor that led him to write pages in the history of opera and international entertainment.”

    “I feel honored to be receiving the Verga Prize for Lifetime Achievement and I am thankful to those who wanted me to do so. Verga has inspired opera so much, that Italy, with its extraordinary Verismo composers, has given the world some of the greatest masterpieces in the history of melodrama. The strength of the passions to be expressed by an interpreter is incredible: it is not an easy challenge for an opera singer to be as close to the ‘truth’ as possible” said Plácido Domingo reminiscing the moments lived in the making of Franco Zefirelli’s film Cavalleria Rusticana in 1982, exactly 40 years ago, in Vizzini, where Verga was born.


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    On December 2, Plácido Domingo returns to Milan’s iconic Teatro alla Scala, presenting a glorious evening of Verdi, Giordano and Bellini arias and duets, joined by soprano Roberta Mantegna. Marco Armiliato conducts the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala Academy. 


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    Two Performances of La Traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre

    Following two exciting Gala evenings entirely dedicated to Zarzuela, the first one at the Wiener Staatsoper and the second one at the Opéra de Montecarlo honoring the celebrations of the Fête du Prince, Plácido Domingo returns to Moscow for two performances of La Traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre on November 25 and 28.

    Performing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, Domingo joins Operalia laureates Irina Lungu and Dinara Alieva in the role of Violetta, Arturo Chacón Cruz as Alfredo and Bekhzod Davronov as Gastone. Maestro Tugan Sokhiev conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in a Francesca Zambello production.

    Domingo sang to acclaim the role of Alfredo Germont since 1961, made his conducting debut with La Traviata at the New York City Opera in 1973 and made his role debut as Giorgio Germont at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013. 


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    On November 19, operatic super star Plácido Domingo returns to Monte-Carlo to honor the Principality of Monaco’s 2021 National Day with a Nuit Espagnole, at the Salle des Princes of the Grimaldi Forum.

    For the special evening of Zarzuela and Spanish favorites, Domingo is joined by Madrilenian soprano Saioa Hernández and Jerezian tenor Ismael Jordi, accompanied by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Alcoian conductor Jordi Bernàcer. The acclaimed Antonio Gades Company will also grace the stage with its alluring dancers.

    The celebratory concert, organized by the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, includes works by Gerónimo Giménez, Pablo Sorozábal, Manuel de Falla, Manuel Penella, and more.




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