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Placido Domingo Gives Large-Scale Concert in Russia on Occasion of His 80th Birthday
Plácido Domingo, Spanish opera singer, conductor, and arts administrator, is arguably the world's most famous opera singer. He has had more than 4,000 career performances.
Bolshoi Theatre recently announced that the outstanding singer Placido Domingo completed his unprecedentedly large-scale Russian season in the year of his 80th birthday on June 30, 2021 with a gala concert dedicated to zarzuela at the Mariinsky Theatre festival "Stars of the White Nights."

The theatre quoted Rossiiskaya Gazeta report for Domingo's performance.

The author of the article, Maria Babalova, recalls Domingo’s work at the Bolshoi Theatre: ... Domingo’s appearance at the Bolshoi looked more optimistic.

Thanks to his efforts, such modern opera stars as Pretty Yende, Piotr Beczała, Xabier Anduaga, Michael Folle and Erwin Schrott made their debuts at the Bolshoi, albeit in the gala format.

And when Domingo stood at the conductor’s stand of Puccini’s operas Manon Lescaut and La boheme, all the soloists were amazed at his readiness to rehearse painstakingly, at his friendliness, his readiness to be supportive and the fact that before each performance he went to their dressing room with words of encouragement.

Of course, was it harder for Domingo to enter the Bolshoi stage as a baritone. These were performances of two Verdi heroes — Rodrigo in Don Carlos and Germont in La Traviata, where Igor Golovatenko even replaced him in the last performance. And sometimes, even a nagging feeling appeared that ‘better late than never’ is not always true.

But still, Domingo’s charm prevailed and triumphed. Placido Domingo will return to Russia in October. He will conduct the premiere performance of Puccini’s Tosca at the Bolshoi New Stage, where Anna Netrebko will perform the title role.

And then, also within the walls of the Bolshoi, he will hold its world-famous Operalia competition for young singers, which has given a start to a happy operatic life for a huge number of performers.

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