September 23, 2013 |
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.
September 18, 2013 |
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.
September 17, 2013 |
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.
September 12, 2013 |
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.
August 26, 2013 |
Plácido Domingo was in Verona, Italy, for the past seven days presiding over his annual Operalia competition, which honors young singers at the beginning of their professional careers. On Sunday the winners of the 2013 competition were announced, with the top prizes going to singers from Russia and China. The top prize was shared by Aida Garifullina, a soprano from Russia, and Ao Li, a bass-baritone from China. The winners, who are both 25 years old, will each receive a prize of $30,000.
August 22, 2013 |
Plácido Domingo, whose motto is I rest I rust, doesn't seem to have any intention of gathering the slightest bit of oxidation. He was hospitalized in Madrid for a pulmonary embolism on July 8, released a few days later and told by his doctors to take three or four weeks off. He chose the minimum. On Aug. 6 he appeared at the Salzburg Festival in the first of three concert performances of Verdi's early opera, “Giovanna d'Arco,” with Anna Netrebko as Joan of Arc and Domingo in the baritone role of her father.