Legendary tenor and opera director Placido Domingo will perform in Verdi’s most popular opera, “La Traviata” in Astana on August 1 and 3. The vocalist will sing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont on the stage of the Great Hall of the Astana Opera.
According to the theater’s press service, tickets are already available for purchase. The event will take place with the financial support of Rolex. La Traviata is one of the most famous operas in classical music. Placido Domingo once said: “La Traviata has become a landmark for me from the very beginning of my career. In 1960, when I was only 19 years old, I sang a small part of Gaston in Monterrey (Mexico). The following year in the same city, I performed my first major. I also conducted this great masterpiece, and now I am fortunate to sing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, father of Alfred.”
Placido Domingo is famous for his legendary tenor. However he starting singing baritone parts since 2009. Placido Domingo is known not only among classical music lovers. The maestro was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for the record number of encores after the performance (101 times) and extensive repertoire. By the year of 2016 he has performed 147 roles and 3,800 appearances on the best world scenes.
The August performance is not maestro’s only initiative in Kazakhstan this year. Earlier it was reported that the world’s most prestigious vocalist contest Operalia established by Placido Domingo would be held in Astana this summer for the first time. XXV World Contest of Opera Art will be held from July 24 to 29 in the framework of EXPO-2017 on the stage “Astana Opera.” The international opera contest “Opera” was established in 1993 to open new names for promising young opera singers and to help them in the beginning of their career. Its goal is to attract singers from the age of 18 to 32 years of all types of voices from any country in the world to participate in auditions in the most prestigious world halls where international opera experts evaluate them.