May 2009/ PLÁCIDO DOMINGO: FROM MY LATIN SOUL (Washington D.C.)
In this collaboration with the Washington National Opera, Plácido Domingo performed works of zarzuela, opera, tango, copla, and ranchera that paid tribute to his Spanish and Latin roots.
Renowned tenor, Plácido Domingo, has sung in 126 different roles, more than any other leading tenor in the annals of music. As a conductor he has led opera performances at the Metropolitan, London's Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Washington National Opera, and Los Angeles Opera and has conducted purely symphonic concerts with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony. He is one of the most decorated artists of today: a Kennedy Center Honoree and Commander of France's Legion of Honor and the recipient of an Honorary Knighthood of the British Empire, a U.S. Medal of Freedom, President Gorbachev's World Award for Humanitarian Causes, and an Opera News Award.
In this concert, Domingo, a Madrid-native who also grew up in Mexico City returned to his roots by performing selections from George Bizet's Carmen and Pablo Luna's El Niño Judio as well as songs by Carlos Gardel, Virgilio Hugo Exposito, and Juan Mostazo Morales, among others.
Domingo was joined by Argentine soprano Virginia Tola. The Washington National Opera Orchestra was led by Alondra de la Parra, whom Domingo called a "brilliant young conductor." The evening was a cultural immersion complete with special guests Mariachi Real de Mexico, the Pablo Zinger Tango Trio, and flamenco and tango dancers led by Nuria Pomares and Valeria Solomonoff.