This is an extra special occasion and week of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s debut performance at the Arena Di Verona and will be an incredible experience! He will be singer orchestra conductor and star.This amazing, once in a lifetime week runs from 28th July to 4th August 2019.
Plácido Domingo is a Spanish tenor and conductor best known for his powerful and versatile voice.Known as “the King of Opera,” Jose Plácido Domingo is one of the most famous tenors of all time. . Born on January 21, 1941, in Madrid, Spain, Plácido Domingo grew up in a musical family. After moving to Mexico City at 18, Domingo landed a bit part in a National Opera production and the rest is, as they say, history. In the mid-1960s, Domingo made his New York debut with the New York City Opera and this is what really kick started his career. Before long, Domingo was also taking the stage at the Metropolitan Opera and at other leading opera houses around the world. In 1990, he sang alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras for the first time. The recording of that concert proved to be a big hit and earned the trio a Grammy Award for best classical vocal performance and the “three tenors” as an opera phenomena were born.
Domingo made another impressive debut in 1973 as a conductor for the New York City Opera’s production of La Traviata. He soon added movie star to his list of credits, appearing as Alfredo in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1983 film adaptation of La Traviata. Domingo won a Grammy Award that same year for best opera recording. During his distinguished career, Domingo has taken on more than 147 operatic parts. Now in his seventies, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Arena Di Verona
Music has been at the heart of Italian culture since the Romans refined Greek musical drama and opera is at the very core of this!
After the Colosseum in Rome and the amphitheatre in Capua, the Roman arena in Verona is the third largest Roman amphitheatre. With its gigantic dimensions of 140 metres in length and 110 metres in width it dominates the Piazza Brà from the north. When it was first built by the Romans, in the 1st century AD by the Flavian emperors, this incredible amphitheatre was on the outskirts of Verona, actually outside the city walls. It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. In ancient times, nearly 30,000 people was the housing capacity of the Arena. The Arena has always served the purpose of staging spectacular events… think gladiators in it’s initial incarnation, Medieval jousting and a variety of tournaments during the eighteenth century. In 1913, the Arena was finally discovered for what it has become known for today, as the first true and most important open-air opera theatre in the world.
Arena di Verona still exudes that overwhelming air of spectacle and it has become the very symbol of the city. It is synonymous with world class stylish events.One thing that the Arena is famous for is it’s yearly festival. This has been occurring for over 100 years, every summer in the Roman amphitheatre, the opera productions all remain fabulous and awe inspiring.
Schedule for Plácido Domingo at the Arena of Verona in 2019
The celebrations commence on 28th July 2019,
The renowned and talented Spanish artiste Plácido Domingo will step on to the Arena podium not in is capacity as impressive tenor but to conduct the orchestra, chorus and exceptional cast of Aida, in the historical edition by Gianfranco de Bosio which, with its successful production, recreates the magic of the very first opera night for the Arena festival in 10th August 1913. This will be magical.
On 1st August 2019 the great Plácido Domingo will sing, performing for the first time at the Arena Di Verona the most important of Verdi’s great paternal characters in Verdi’s La Traviata : Giorgio Germont, the father of Alfredo and, metaphorically, of Violetta, the fulcrum of the protagonist’s downfall and redemption. This is a brand new production for 2019 and promises to be outstanding!
On 2nd August 2019, Domingo will once again take to the conductor’s podium for Bizet’s Carmen, an opera he has performed many times as a tenor under the baton of the most eminent conductors, such as Kleiber, Solti, Abbado, Prêtre and Maazel, and which he has directed on a few exceptional occasions. The production will be that which inaugurated the 2018 Festival, by Hugo de Ana.
This immense week culminates on 4th August 2019 where the Arena Di Verona will host:
the Plácido Domingo 50 Arena Anniversary Night,
This night present a new production of three opera acts in scenic form, with the Arena artistes and a legendary cast alongside the world’s great opera star, performing in three different roles.
The program is entirely dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi and constitutes of :
Parts III and IV of Nabucco (which, includes the famous “Va’ pensiero”, wonderful duets and the great aria Dio di Giuda),
Act 1 of I due Foscari (a great early Verdi opera, never performed at the Arena) I due Foscari, Verdi’s sixth opera, is one of his darkest and heart rending . At its centre is a father’s realization that there is nothing he can do to protect his family against the world’s cruelties.
The final act of Macbeth, one of Domingo’s baritone pièces de résistance and a trove of musical gems such as the great sleepwalking scene and the aria Pietà, Rispetto, Amore.
A truly amazing end to a fantastic week in honour of one of the most popular and talented opera stars of all time. This is bound to be a sell out event so booking soon is highly advisable.
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