Known as “the King of Opera,” Plácido Domingo is one of the most famous tenors of all time. At home on the world’s stages for over half a century, he has sung more than 4000 performances of 147 roles, in addition to having conducted well over 500 performances and made hundreds of audio and video recordings and films. He is a legend in his own life time. This week’s blog highlights his 2020 schedule.

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Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo is a Spanish tenor and conductor best known for his powerful and versatile voice. 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.

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Domingo photo by Ralf Roletschek

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 in more than 147 operatic parts. Now in his seventies, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Domingo’s 2020 Schedule

Tokyo International Forum 

Concert – 28 January 2020

Suntory Hall -Tokyo 

Concert  – 31 January 2020.

Mariinsky Theatre – St Petersburg

Simon Boccanegra A Verdi masterpiece about the pirate who becomes a Doge in a world full of cruel revenge side by side with hope for a peaceful future. Simon Boccanegra is one of Verdi’s most subtly powerful works, in which large-scale choral episodes, such as the Council Chamber scene, contrast with passages of tender intimacy.

Opera – 16 February 2020 at 19.30h

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Domingo photo by Klaus Dolle

Staatsoper Hamburg

Simon Boccanegra. Guiseppe Verdi

Opera –  22( 17.00h) 26( 19.00h) March 2020, 2 ( 19.00h) April 2020.

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Concert – 30 March 2020 at 19.30h.

Palace of the Republic –  Minsk Belarus

Concert – 19 April at 18.00h.

Bolshoi Theatre – Moscow

La Traviata. Guiseppe Verdi

A tale of two young lovers separated by the cruelty of society and fate,  Verdi’s  La Traviata is one of opera’s most powerful and enduring romancesLa Traviata is the story of a lively Parisian courtesan who gives up the man she loves to save his family’s reputation. Perhaps self sacrifice is the greatest theme if this powerful opera. The story is touching not just because it is a story people can believe in but because it is  a story people want to believe in.

Opera – 23, 26 April 2020 at 19.00h.

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Domingo photo by Chrisa Hickey at https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisahickey/

Zaryade Hall – Moscow

Domingo is here conducting Verdi’s Messa Da Requiem. This is is a conductor’s dream come true. Few pieces in the repertoire offer the drama of opera and the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments. But Verdi’s Requiem does all that and more.

Conducting – 28 April 2020 at 19.00h.

Festival De Úbeda

Concert – 3 May 2020 at 21.00h.

Teatro Real – Madrid

Verdi’s  La Traviata

Opera – 9, 12, 17, 20, 23 May

Teatro De La Zarzuela – Madrid

Luisa Fernanda. Federico Moreno Torroba.

Luisa Fernanda is one of the last great Romantic zarzuelas, the lyric-dramatic genre that dominated Spanish musical life from the 1860s to the Civil War of the 1930s. Torroba’s ingredients were love, politics, popular characters and a music that reflects Spanish nationalism and folk rhythm, with traces of Northern classical music and Caribbean dance music such as habaneras and bombas.

Conducting first date and singing in final – 10, 14 May 2020 at 18.00h.

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Domingo photo by Russell Hirshon

Wiener Staatoper – Vienna.

Nabucco. Guiseppe Verdi.

Verdi’s Nabucco could be conceptualized as the protest opera for all seasons. It premiered in 1842, when Giuseppe Verdi was 28 years old. Nabucco” is the story of the Assyrian King, Nebuchadnezzar, who came in 587 B.C. with his armies to desecrate Jerusalem, kill the Israelites, and destroy the Temple of Solomon. The most familiar theme from “Nabucco” is the chorus of the Hebrew slaves at the end of Part IV, “Va, Pensiero” – Go Thoughts, or Hasten Thoughts.

Opera – 14, 17 June 2020.

La Traviata. Guiseppe Verdi

Opera – 20,23, 27 June 2020.

Galakonzert Des Jungen Ensembles 

Conducting – 28 June 2020.

Arena Di Verona

Aida. Guiseppe Verdi

This opera is one  of  Verdi’s classics! Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, has been captured by the Egyptians. Secretly, she loves an Egyptian general, Radamès, who returns her love. When Radamès is selected to lead a renewed assault against the enemy, Aida is forced to choose between betraying her country and betraying her heart.

Conducting – 25 June 2020 at 21.00h.

Gala Domingo Opera Night.

Concert – 7 July at 21.30h.

photo by ProtoplasmaKid
Plácido Domingo photo by ProtoplasmaKid

Royal Opera House- London

Don Carlo. Guiseppe Verdi.

Spain in 1560: life on the brink of the abyss. A land ruled by church and state! Will the mighty – the grand inquisitor and the king – succeed in killing love? Will they manage to extinguish the blazing flame of liberty? Verdi’s darkest opera causes us to tremble, but the composer’s musical genius does it in a fascinating and deeply moving way. This production also stars Michael Fabiano and Elina Garanca.

Opera – 13, 16 ( both at 18.00h) 19 ( 15.00h) July 2020.

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

La Traviata. Guiseppe Verdi

Opera – 22 July 2020 at 20.00h.

Bayerische Staatsoper – Munich

Nabucco. Guiseppe Verdi.

Opera – 27, 29 July 2020 at 19.00h.

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Domingo photo by Mónica Martinez/Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Salzburger Festspiele

I Vespri Siciliana. Guiseppe Verdi

Verdi had a chance to write a new opera for Paris, where he came up with Les Vepres Siciliennes — The Sicilian Vespers. At the time, though, it was impossible to perform the new drama iItaly, where Verdi’s previous three operas had all premiered. Vespri tells a story of revolution in Sicily, and until the Italian unification in 1861, politics made that a forbidden subject iItalian opera houses.

Opera – 16 ( 15.00h) 19 (19.00h) August 2020.

Lanxess Arena – Cologne

Concert – 26 September 2020 at 20.00h.

Teatro Alla Scala – Milan

La Traviata. Guiseppe Verdi

Opera – 12, 14 November 2020 at 20.00h.

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Domingo photo by Alexander Zetlitz

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