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August 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Forty seasons after making his unscheduled Metropolitan Opera debut as Maurizio in Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur," Placido Domingo is returning to the role. Originally scheduled to conduct the revival, which opens Feb. 6, Domingo will take over the starring tenor role, the New York City company said. He replaces Marcelo Alvarez, who took over from Salvatore Licitra as Manrico in the Met's new production of Verdi's "Il Trovatore," which opens Feb. 16. Domingo, who turns 67 in January, is scheduled to sing six performances.
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February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
Operalia, the annual opera competition organized by Plácido Domingo, will take place in Los Angeles this year, marking the event's first return to the L.A. area since 2004. The competition is scheduled to take place Aug. 25 to 30 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and will feature certain performances that will be open to the public. Last year's Operalia took place in Verona, Italy. L.A. Opera, where Domingo serves as general director, will be the host this year. The competition features young opera singers at the beginning of their careers, with judges awarding prizes in eight categories.
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August 14, 1986 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
The gargantuan Universal Amphitheatre was packed Tuesday night. The top ticket cost $100 without champagne buffet, $250 with. The attraction was a concert that could give eclecticism a bad name. It offered a lot of well-mannered popera, a little high-class opera, a smattering of schlock, no roll. Blaring microphones distorted the music and assaulted the 12,500 assembled ears. No one seemed to mind. Standing ovations were plentiful.
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February 17, 2014 | By David Ng
Woody Allen will team with tenor Plácido Domingo in a revival of the director's Los Angeles Opera production of "Gianni Schicchi" that will be produced in Madrid. The production will be part of the Teatro Real's 2014-15 season, which was announced this week. Allen first staged the short Puccini opera in L.A. in 2008. His staging was an homage to black-and-white Italian cinema from the 1940s and '50s. Domingo, who didn't star in the L.A. production, will play the title role in Madrid.
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April 16, 2008
On the air: KUSC-FM (91.5) will broadcast Los Angeles Opera's Placido Domingo 40th Anniversary Gala concert live on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Domingo and soprano Patricia Racette will sing. Talks begin: Negotiations open Friday between Broadway producers and actors. Their current pact expires June 29.
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August 24, 1986
Bernheimer's criticism of Domingo 's microphone technique while ignoring his obvious musicianship was petty, trivial and completely uncalled for. As violinist in the orchestra that accompanied Domingo at the Aug. 12 benefit concert for the homeless in Mexico City, I can attest to the fact that his large voice requires no amplification to project in a large hall. Perhaps Bernheimer didn't notice that every single instrument in the New American Orchestra had a microphone attached to it and was amplified.
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October 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The temptation for an orchestra to celebrate the opening of a concert hall by commissioning a major new work is obvious and irresistible. It's also, more often than not, a bad idea. Preparing a premiere is hard enough under normal circumstances. There is never enough rehearsal time, and composers frequently need to make changes once they hear their music in the flesh. A new acoustic environment will only confuse the instrumental matters. On top of that, the logistics of concert hall openings - the endless last-minute construction details and typical gala arrangement - can be crazy-making all by themselves.
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January 20, 2012
'The Secret Kingdom' and 'The Emperor of Atlantis' What: L.A. Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artists and members of the Colburn Orchestra Where: Zipper Hall, the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. When: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 to $50 Information: (213) 621-1050 or http://www.colburnschool.edu Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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October 11, 1986 | JOHN VOLAND
With the first three Los Angeles Music Center Opera productions of this season already on display, executive director Peter Hemmings outlined the company's plans for the next two seasons at a press conference Friday. Of particular interest was the company's 1988-89 season, tentatively budgeted at $7 million and boasting five new productions of a total of seven.
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May 6, 2000
Mark Swed is probably right that Puccini's "Rondine" is so little known that most audiences will not be aware of or protest Marta Domingo's travesty of the ending ("New Twists on a Rarity From Puccini," April 18). But those of us who do know and love the opera are more shocked by such tampering than any number of "updated" stagings. What will we have next? A happy ending for "Tristan and Isolde" or "Rigoletto"? What really puzzles me, however, is why she thought her version was superior to Puccini's.
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February 11, 2014 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo, whose early international singing career took off after appearing with the New York City Opera, will appear at a concert this month to commemorate that company, which declared bankruptcy and ceased operations last year. "New York City Opera Orchestra and Stars Celebrate: 70 Years of the People's Opera" is scheduled to take place Feb. 21 at New York City Center. The concert is to feature selections from several operas, with Domingo slated to sing "Nemico della Patria" from "Andrea Chenier.
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February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
Maximilian Schell, the commanding Austrian-born actor who died Saturday at 83, is being remembered in obituaries for his long movie career, especially his Oscar-winning role in "Judgment at Nuremberg. " In Los Angeles, audiences had the good fortune to appreciate another side of Schell -- opera director. Schell was a friend of Plácido Domingo, and the tenor brought Schell to Southern California to direct two productions at L.A. Opera -- " Lohengrin " in 2001 and " Der Rosenkavalier " in 2005.
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October 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The temptation for an orchestra to celebrate the opening of a concert hall by commissioning a major new work is obvious and irresistible. It's also, more often than not, a bad idea. Preparing a premiere is hard enough under normal circumstances. There is never enough rehearsal time, and composers frequently need to make changes once they hear their music in the flesh. A new acoustic environment will only confuse the instrumental matters. On top of that, the logistics of concert hall openings - the endless last-minute construction details and typical gala arrangement - can be crazy-making all by themselves.
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September 30, 2013 | By David Ng
When renowned tenor Plácido Domingo was still a relatively unknown singer from Spain, he made his Los Angeles-area debut at the Music Center in 1967 in a touring series by the New York City Opera. His local debut included performances in "Don Rodrigo," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly. " "My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride," Domingo said in a recent statement sent to The Times.
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September 23, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Summer's over. That may not be a sigh of relief in all quarters, but you could almost hear one Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler. Los Angeles Opera General Director Plácido Domingo was in the pit to conduct the season opening on this first night of fall. He began by racing through the opening of Bizet's "Carmen. " FOR THE RECORD: "Carmen": A review in the Sept. 23 Calendar section of Los Angeles Opera's "Carmen" identified the chorus as being singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
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September 18, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo, the conductor -- as opposed to Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor -- will appear Saturday evening for Los Angeles Opera's season-opening production of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For the city's arts patrons in attendance on Saturday, one can also assume that Plácido Domingo, the world-class fundraiser, also will be present for the exclusive after-party, where he will likely be working hard to drum up support for the company, for which he serves as general director.
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August 14, 1990
Commerce in Santo Domingo and other cities was largely paralyzed Monday in the first day of a two-day general strike called to protest sharp price increases ordered by the government.
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November 23, 1985 | From Reuters
Spanish-born tenor Placido Domingo, who canceled all engagements for a year to raise funds for Mexican earthquake victims, has agreed to appear at London's Covent Garden in January, the Royal Opera House said this week. Domingo, who was to have taken the lead in the Royal Opera's production of Verdi's "Otello," will appear in "Simon Boccanegra."
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September 17, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo appeared hale and hearty Monday afternoon when he greeted a throng of local reporters at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a press event held by Los Angeles Opera. Domingo, who is conducting the company's season-opening production of "Carmen," suffered a health scare earlier this summer in Spain but told Culture Monster that he was fully recovered and feeling fit. The 72-year-old tenor experienced a pulmonary embolism in July and was ordered to rest for nearly a month, forcing him to cancel his appearances in "Il Postino" in Madrid.
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September 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon never dreamed of becoming an international opera star. It was rock 'n' roll that spoke to her - Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix were favorites. Then, when she was 12, a music teacher suggested she take voice lessons. Studying with top singing teacher Veronica Dunne, "opera is just what came about," she says. Now Bardon will star in the Los Angeles Opera's season opener, Georges Bizet's "Carmen. " The French tale of love and jealousy among Gypsy fortunetellers will be directed by Trevore Ross and conducted by L.A. Opera general director Plácido Domingo.
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