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    I due Foscari in Florence

    Beginning May 22, Plácido Domingo returns to Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino for five performances of I due Foscari, performing the role of Francesco Foscari, Doge di Venezia.

    “I am really happy and pleased to be back at Maggio Musicale” said Domingo, who will celebrate the 4,100th performance of his career on May 22. “I started with Traviata, at just eighteen, almost the same age as Alfredo Germont and now, at the age of 81, I sing the role of Francesco Foscari who is close to my age" he added.

    About the role, his second “Doge” after Simon Boccanegra, Domingo said “It’s an extraordinary part for a baritone. In the character of Francesco, I see a lot of the pain that Verdi may have felt in that period, marked by the loss of his children and his wife.”

    For this new Grischa Asagaroff production of I due Foscari, Domingo is joined by Maria José Siri as Lucrezia and, making their house debut, Jonathan Tetelman as Jacopo Foscari and Riccardo Fassi as Loredano. Maestro Carlo Rizzi leads the Maggio Musicale Chorus and Orchestra.

    Performances continue on May 25, 28 and 31 and June 3.

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    TWO SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES AT THE HUNGARIAN STATE OPERA

    On April 24 and 27, Plácido Domingo returns to the Hungarian State Opera to star in the title role of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.

    The Ivan Stefanutti production also features Andrea Rost as Amelia, Kristián Cser as Jacopo Fiesco, Szabolcs Brickner as Gabriele Adorno, Csaba Szegedi as Paolo Albiani and Operalia Laureate Károly Szemerédy as Pietro.

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    TWO SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES IN BUENOS AIRES

    Plácido Domingo returns to Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón for two sold out concerts on April 7 and 10, fifty years after his debut and over two decades following his last performance at the prestigious theatre. 

    On April 7, Domingo is joined by Uruguayan soprano María José Siri, in a program that includes arias and duets from works by Verdi, Giordano, Massenet and Thomas.  

    On April 10, Domingo leads a special concert in benefit of those affected by the war in Ukraine, in a joint initiative of the City of Buenos Aires, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Teatro Colón and the Ukrainian Central Representation in Argentina. For this significant concert, Domingo presents an evening of operatic and zarzuela favorites, joined by Soprano María José Siri and Mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Barrientos. Maestro Jordi Bernàcer conducts the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón in both performances. 

    Referring to this special benefit concert, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, said: “This time, the voice of Plácido Domingo will be the bridge that unites our wishes of solidarity with the Ukrainian people to bring them our help. We hope that it will be a moving moment and an opportunity to express ourselves vigorously in favor of peace.”  

    After mentioning his deep affection for the Teatro Colón audience, Plácido Domingo said that “music has been and will always be a universal language; my hope is that it can give a little relief to those who suffer and that it can also touch the hearts of those who have the ability to put an end to suffering and reach peace.” 

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    GALA CONCERT IN VERSAILLES

    On April 2nd, Plácido Domingo returns to France for the Gala Plácido Domingo at the Opéra Royal de Versailles, presenting a glorious evening of operatic favorites with a particular interest in French music, joined by American soprano Jennifer Rowley. Maestro Laurent Campellone leads the Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal.

    Domingo performed in Versailles on July 15, 1989 for the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, singing the title role in Andrea Chénier. 

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    Hungarian State Opera Grand Reopening Gala

    On March 12, Plácido Domingo takes the Hungarian State Opera podium to conduct its Grand Reopening Gala, alongside Ádám Medveczky, Gergely Kesselyák and general music director Balázs Kocsár.  

    The Gala features mezzo sopranos Erika Gál and Gabriella Balga, baritone Mihály Kálmándy, bass-baritone Csaba Sándor, bass László Szvétek and dancers Tatiana Melnik and Iurii Kekalo, as well as the Hungarian State Opera Children’s Chorus, students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute, the Hungarian National Ballet and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

    The historic Opera House, inaugurated in 1884, has been closed for almost five years due to renovations. 

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    DOMINGO TAKES THE TEATRO MASSIMO PODIUM FOR THE FIRST TIME

    On March 1st, after performing the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Plácido Domingo takes the podium in Palermo for the first time leading the Teatro Massimo Orchestra and Chorus in “Noche Española”, a special evening of Zarzuela and Spanish favorites that includes works by Ruperto Chapí, Manuel de Falla, Federico Moreno Torroba, Gerónimo Giménez and more.

    On stage, Arturo Chacón Cruz, an Operalia Laureate with great interpretative skills, who has established himself as a leading tenor performing in renowned theaters and concert halls across the globe, and Lucero Tena, a former flamenco dancer who has marked a personal, unmistakable style to playing the castanets, positioning them as solo instrument of concert works in major concert halls.

    Zarzuela holds a special place in Plácido Domingo’s heart and has accompanied him since he was born, as his parents were highly acclaimed Zarzuela singers. Domingo has been a fervent promoter of this lyric genre, bringing it to the most prestigious theaters around the world.

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