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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 Kristina Opolais and Micaëla Oeste with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Jordi Bernacer conducts.
Next, on February 16, Domingo makes his performance debut in Lithuania, performing alongside the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (LSSR) and Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana and soprano Ana María Martínez. Held at the Žalgiris Arena—the largest indoor arena in the Baltics—the performance coincides with the National Day of the Restoration of Lithuania. Deividas Afarjanc, CEO of Live Nation Lietuva, states: “We are sure that this will be one of the most impressive concerts in our country's history.”
Finally, on February 19, Domingo makes his debut in Estonia, performing alongside the ERSO Estonian National Symphony Orchestra at Saku Arena. He is again joined by soprano Ana María Martínez, as well as sopranos Micaëla Oeste and Elina Nechayeva. 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.
On December 12, Plácido Domingo was presented with The Sophia Award for Excellence by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Domingo was recognized for his remarkable operatic career, as well as his philanthropy and activism in numerous humanitarian causes. The Sophia Award for Excellence is presented to a person or organization that has actively contributed to the international appreciation of Spain and Ibero-America through a donation of time, expertise and an innate wisdom in the areas of sciences, arts or the humanities.
The Award was also presented to renowned ophthalmologist Elena Barraquer. Fashion designer Carolina Herrera in attended the ceremony.
On January 23, 26, and 30, Plácido Domingo returns to the Royal Opera House for three performances of La Traviata. Performing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, Domingo is joined by soprano Ermonela Jaho (Violetta Valéry) and Charles Castronovo (Alfredo Germont). The naturalistic Richard Eyre production beautifully contrasts the superficial glamor of 19th-century Parisian life with the private passions of Violetta and Alfredo.
Antonello Manacorda conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Plácido Domingo’s busy January sees the legendary musician on the concert stage with four performances across the globe.
On January 10, Domingo travels to Tegucigalpa for “En el corazón de Honduras," performed at the Palacia Universitario de los Deportes (UNAH). Shortly after, Domingo heads to Denmark, performing in concert on January 14 at Musikhuset Aarhus.
Next, Domingo performs at the Philharmonie de Paris for an evening of Verdian masterworks on January 18. He is joined by Irina Lungu, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and Rafal Siwek. Eugene Kohn conducts the Orchestra National de Belgique.
At the end of January, Domingo celebrates Mozart’s birthday (January 27) at the National Theatre of Prague, conducting a program of Mozart arias and duets performed by Adela Zaharia, Štěpánka Pučálková, Petr Nekoranec, and Simone Alberghini