The celebrated opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo is set to sing in celebration of the World Cup
A renowned and loyal soccer fan, Plácido Domingo at the World Cup has great historical precedence. He had performed with his colleagues José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, better known as the 3 Tenors at every World Cup finale since Rome in 1990. Placido's last World Cup performance was in Berlin 2006, with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón. This year marks a grand return to the World Cup performance tradition.
The concert will take place on July 11th at the HSBC Arena. Plácido Domingo will be appearing with Chinese pianist sensation, Lang Lang, Grammy Award winning Puerto Rican soprano, Ana Maria Martinez, and Brazil’s very own Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira conducted by Maestro Eugene Kohn.
Tickets are available now at livepass.com.br
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 144 roles, a number unmatched by any other tenor in history, with nearly 3700 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. In 2010, he created the role of Pablo Neruda in the world premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino in Los Angeles (filmed for telecast and DVD release), with subsequent performances taking place in Vienna, Paris and Santiago. In 2013, he added four new roles to his repertoire: Giorgio Germont in La Traviata during his 45th season at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role in Nabucco at Covent Garden, Giacomo in Giovanna d’Arco at the Salzburg Festival and Count di Luna in Il Trovatore at the Berlin Staatsoper. He will return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2015 in another new Verdi baritone role, as Don Carlo in Ernani.
If one word applies to Lang Lang, it is “inspiration”. It resounds like a musical motif through his life and career. He inspires millions with open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages – such as the 56th GRAMMY Award, where he played with Metallica; the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than four billion people around the world viewed his performance, the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, or the Liszt 200th birthday concert broadcast live to more than 500 cinemas around the US and Europe. He forms enduring musical partnerships with the world’s greatest artists, from conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle, to artists from outside of classical music – among them dubstep dancer Marquese “nonstop” Scott and jazz titan Herbie Hancock.
Yet he never forgets what first inspired, and continues to inspire him. Great artists, above all the great composers – Liszt, Chopin and the others – whose music he now delights in bringing to others. Even that famous old Tom and Jerry cartoon “The Cat Concerto” which introduced him, as a child, to the music of Liszt – and that childlike excitement at the discovery of music now surely stays with him and propels him to what he calls “his second career”, bringing music into the lives of children around the world, both through his work for the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace focusing on global education and through his own Lang Lang International Music Foundation.
Time Magazine named Lang Lang in the “Time 100”, citing him as a symbol of the youth of China, and its future. Lang Lang is cultural ambassador for Shenzhen and Shenyang. And if the Chinese passion for piano isn’t solely due to him, he has played no small part as a role model – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Steinway Pianos for the first time named a model after a single artist when they introduced “The Lang Lang Piano” to China, specially designed for education.
Lang Lang has been featured on every major TV network and in magazines worldwide. He has performed for international dignitaries including the Secretary-General of the U.N. Ban Ki-moon, four US presidents, President Koehler of Germany, former French President Sarkozy and President Francois Hollande. Of many landmark events, he was honored to perform recently for President Obama and former President Hu Jin-Tao of China at the White House State Dinner, as well as at the Diamond Jubilee celebratory concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Honors include being added as one of the World Economic Forum’s 250 Young Global Leaders, Honorary Doctorates from the Royal College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, the highest prize awarded by China’s Ministry of Culture, Germany’s Order of Merit and France’s Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters.
For further information visit www.langlang.com / www.langlangfoundation.org
Ana Maria Martinez
Grammy Award® winner Ana María Martínez' dramatic range distinguishes her as one of today's most sophisticated lyric sopranos. Her career spans the world's greatest opera houses, concert halls, recording studios and movie theaters, and she continues to engage her audiences both with her signature roles and with new and exciting debuts on stage. Ms. Martinez has portrayed leading roles on Europe’s most important stages including the title character in Rusalka with the Glyndebounre Festival, Liu in Turandot with De Nederlandse Opera, the title role in Luisa Miller and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro both with Bayerische Staatsoper, and Violetta in La Traviata, Donna Elvira in Don Giovani and Alice Ford in Falstaff all with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. For many seasons the soprano has enjoyed collaborating on multi-city concert tours with Plácido Domingo, with highlights including their concerts at the Salzburg Festival recored live and released on CD entitled Amor, Vida de Mi Vida, and at The White House. With tenor Andrea Bocelli she has appeared on the Emmy nominated PBS TV special and DVD American Dream: Andrea Bocelli’s Statue of Liberty Concert, and in his star-studded performance in New York’s Central Park which was recorded live, and released on DVD and CD entitled Concerto: One Night in Central Park. Ms. Martinez’s concert career also includes solo engagements with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras and conductors, including her debut at Teatro alla Scala with the Filharmonica della Scala, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony, Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasiliera in Rio de Janeiro, Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony at Barbican Hall, National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, the Casals Festival, Ravinia Festival, and at the Esterhazy Festival in Austria.
Eugene Kohn was immersed in opera from a very young age, accompanying the vocal classes of such “golden age” stars as Giovanni Martinelli and Maria Jeritza. In the 1970’s he began performing in public as recital accompanist to some of opera’s greatest voices: Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Franco Corelli, Maria Callas, and the young Luciano Pavarotti.
Kohn studied conducting with Fausto Cleva and Erich Leinsdorf, and was soon engaged by Thomas Schippers to assist in symphonic, choral, and operatic productions. Several years of conducting regional conducting let to Kohn's Metropolitan Opera debut in 1980, conducting “La Gioconda”. His reengagement at the MET for several different productions led to debuts in major international theatres.
While based in Europe through the 1980’s and 1990’s Kohn conducted at the opera houses of Vienna, Hamburg, Berlin (both), Barcelona, Rome, Naples, Paris, Buenos Aires, etc. He held the position of Principal Guest Conductor at the Bonn Opera, and served for eight years as Music Director of the Puerto Rico Symphony, increasing their repertoire with cycles of Mahler, Stravinsky, and Bruckner.
For the last ten years Kohn has divided his time equally between symphony and opera, and has enjoyed working with many international orchestras. He is also active as Music Director for concerts worldwide with Plácido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli, a collaboration of several decades well documented on DVD and recordings and recently enhanced by their latest appearances in Kazan and St. Petersburg respectively.
Kohn has precorded for EMI, Sony, and DECCA, and can also be seen as screen actor in Zeffirelli’s film “Callas Forever” (with Jerermy Irons and Fanny Ardant) where he recreates his real life role from years earlier as Ms. Callas’ accompanist.
Brazilian Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1940 by Maestro José Siqueira, the orchestra is the country's most traditional symphonic group, primarily recognized for their pioneering work. They have performed over 4000 concerts over second decades. They were the first Brazilian orchestra to conduct tours all throughout Brazil and abroad. Currently, Roberto Minczuk is its principal conductor. Throughout their tenure they have had contributions from the greatest living musicians, such as Eleazar de Carvalho, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Sanderling, Arthur Rubinstein, Martha Argerich, Kurt Masur, Claudio Arrau, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean - Pierre Rampal and José Carreras, among