October 4, 2012 |
Frank Gehry and Placido Domingo will be lending a hand to the National YoungArts Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides financial assistance and other forms of support to aspiring artists. The organization announced this week that it has acquired the Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings in Miami that will serve as its national headquarters. Gehry has been commissioned to design the master plan for the historic campus, the group said. The architect was also named an artistic advisor for the group, along with Domingo and choreographer Bill T. Jones.
October 1, 2012 |
Placido Domingo is taking time out of his operatic schedule this week to appear on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars. " But fans hoping to see the tenor demonstrate some fancy footwork will be disappointed. Domingo is only expected to sing on the live telecast Tuesday. The Spanish tenor will perform "Come What May" -- from the 2001 movie "Moulin Rouge" -- in a duet with Katherine Jenkins. The number is part of his new album, "Songs," in which Domingo performs a series of popular tunes.
August 29, 2012 |
Plácido Domingo will create his 140th operatic role when he debuts next month in Verdi's "The Two Foscari" at Los Angeles Opera. To note the occasion, the company is hosting a Twitter contest in which it will give away a performance package that includes two orchestra tickets. L.A. Opera is asking contestants to tweet a description of an operatic character that Domingo has played using 140 characters or less. Entries must include the hashtag #PD140. The winning contestant, decided by L.A. Opera, will win two orchestra tickets for opening night, a pair of backstage passes to meet the cast and a pair of tickets for the opening-night party.
August 20, 2012 |
By assembling an "Americas & Americans" festival at the Hollywood Bowl last week, Gustavo Dudamel gave himself permission to cover a vast territory, there being many Americas and an awful lot of us. But it wasn't enough. For the final program Sunday night, he simply short-circuited the musical MapQuest, barely landing on our side of the Atlantic in a program of popular opera and operetta, light classics and Broadway. On the other hand, this mild night at the Bowl with Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic was made for pleasure and can be viewed as only in L.A. It starred Plácido Domingo.
July 19, 2012 |
Starting in its new season, Los Angeles Opera is to begin to roll out a new program, titled L.A. Opera Off Grand, that seeks to bring productions to parts of Southern California that are far afield from downtown. As part of that initiative, the company has scheduled a concert version of Verdi's "The Two Foscari," starring Placido Domingo, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The production is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m., at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
July 16, 2012 |
Two years after starring in its premiere in Los Angeles, Placido Domingo brought “Il Postino,” the opera about the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, to Neruda's homeland. The opera by the late Daniel Catan just concluded a run at the Municipal Theater of Santiago starring Domingo, who is L.A. Opera's general director. The performances featured other leading cast members from the L.A. production. Conducting is Grant Gershon, the resident conductor of Los Angeles Opera, who also led the orchestra for the L.A. premiere.
May 11, 2012 |
Plácido Domingo , the world's greatest living tenor, has bestowed his admiration on Lady Gaga, arguably the world's biggest pop star. In an interview that recently ran in the British tabloid the Daily Mail, Domingo said he believes "Lady Gaga has a very good voice. Absolutely. She has a wonderful voice. " He added: "I know she's very wild in her performance, and clever, and she does all these things to please the youth. But when you listen to her, the voice is good. " The interview ran in advance of Domingo's June appearance in "Turandot" at Wembley Stadium in London.
April 18, 2012 |
The Broad Stage's 2012-13 season, which will be announced Wednesday, will feature appearances by a number of prominent performers including actor Hal Holbrook, violinist Pinchas Zukerman and thespians from Shakespeare's Globe in a production of "Hamlet. " The fifth anniversary season will also mark a new collaborative series with Los Angeles Opera, featuring Placido Domingo conducting a new opera. As reported Wednesday in The Times, a new building is set to rise next to the Broad Stage, providing the organization with more performance and rehearsal space.
April 8, 2012 |
Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán hosts "Open Call," KCET's new Thursday evening show featuring performances at Southern California's top arts schools and institutions. The L.A. native maintains an active performing schedule - her next gig is singing the role of Bertha in San Diego Opera's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," opening April 21 - and helps groom young artists as the director of L.A. County High School for the Arts' Office of Community Engagement. Tell me about "Open Call.
March 15, 2012
Plácido Domingo will sing the title character in Verdi's "Nabucco" for the first time at the Royal Opera in London next year. The new production, announced Wednesday, will be the fourth new role for Domingo in a little more than a year, all baritone parts. The 71-year-old general director of L.A. Opera, famous for his decades as a tenor, also is slated to make role debuts in Massenet's "Thais" in March in Spain, Verdi's "I Due Foscari" at Los Angeles in September, and Verdi's "La Traviata" at New York's Metropolitan Opera next March.