01 Mar LACC Honors Plácido Domingo
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is proud to honor Plácido Domingo with the Bel Canto Award at this year’s Gala Bel Canto. The Bel Canto Award recognizes individuals who have made unique, exemplary, and lasting contributions to the world of the musical arts. LACC has a decades-long and storied history with Maestro Domingo, having performed with him on stage as well as under his baton on numerous LA Opera productions, including Tosca, Carmen, La Bohème and I Pagliacci. His support and encouragement of LACC’s choristers has created exceptional experiences and lifelong memories for hundreds of LACC’s young singers over the years.
Plácido Domingo is a world-renowned, multifaceted artist. Recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, he is also a conductor and a major force as an opera administrator in his role as Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of LA Opera. His repertoire now encompasses 147 roles, a number unmatched by any other tenor in history, with more than 3,800 career performances. His more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets, and crossover discs have earned him 12 Grammy Awards, including three Latin Grammys, and he has made more than 50 music videos and won two Emmy Awards. In addition to three feature opera films – Carmen, La Traviata and Otello – he voiced the role of Monte in Beverly Hills Chihuahua, played himself on The Simpsons, and his telecast of Tosca from the authentic settings in Rome was seen by more than one billion people in 117 countries. He subsequently took the title role in a 2010 live telecast of Rigoletto from Mantua, Italy, the city in which the opera’s story takes place. In 1990, he and his colleagues José Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti formed the Three Tenors, performing with enormous success all over the world and attracted millions of new fans to opera. He has conducted more than 500 opera performances and symphonic concerts with the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, LA Opera, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Montréal Symphony, National Symphony, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic.
In 1993, he founded the international voice competition Operalia. He has received honorary doctorates from Oxford University and New York University for his lifelong commitment and contribution to music and the arts. He made his first stage appearances in a leading baritone role in 2009, performing the title role of Simon Boccanegra in Berlin. Since then, he has added several additional Verdi baritone roles to his repertoire, with appearances in Rigoletto, I Due Foscari, La Traviata, Nabucco, Giovanna d’Arco, Il Trovatore, Macbeth and Ernani. In recent seasons, he has also won acclaim in the baritone roles of Athanaël in Massenet’s Thaïs and as Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. During the 2016/17 season, he will conduct performances of Roméo et Juliette and Tosca in Vienna; The Tales of Hoffmann in Los Angeles; and Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to numerous concerts worldwide, his singing engagements for the season include Macbeth in Beijing, Los Angeles, Vienna and Madrid; Nabucco and La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera; La Traviata in Valencia and Munich; and Thaïs in Barcelona. In June 2017, he will sing his 148th role, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, at the Vienna State Opera.
Join us in honoring opera legend Plácido Domingo at Gala Bel Canto!
Gala Bel Canto
Friday, March 24, 2017
Millennium Biltmore Hotel