Feast Evening in the Arena with Placido Domingo in Verdi Key

Feast Evening in the Arena with Placido Domingo in Verdi Key

Ph. Fiorenzo Nikolic

have an unforgettable evening The final gala of the 99th Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2022 on 25 August: the extraordinary event of the great Placido Domingo Who has always kept the link alive as a tenor, baritone, conductor, mentor of talents throughout his long career with Verona, since his Italian debut at the Arena in 1969.

The relationship between the Arena and Maestro Domingo is enriched every year with surprises and diversification of the artistic offer that ranges from zarzuela to great Italian operas, from French and German repertoire to Viennese operettas. The Fiesta of 2022 has the Verdi repertoire as a common denominator.: Inside Journey Aida, Don Carlo and Macbeth in which Domingo performs three intense baritone roles on stage, one of which makes his full debut on the scene in the Madrid artist’s record repertoire, which exceeds 150 roles.

There direction The evening-event at Verdi Opera Night is curated by Domingo, an irreverent cast of stars that surrounds the protagonist stefano trespidi, the undisputed connoisseur of the spaces of the Veronese Amphitheater, which strengthens its ties with Placido Domingo, culminating in the unforgettable Natural Feast of 2019, a surreal party that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the full debut of the Arena and the Maestro in Italy. The visuals are entrusted to the expert hand of Ezio Antonelli, who designed the set and scene designs for the Arena Foundation’s trips to Tokyo and Muscat in 2018 and events with Placido Domingo for the Arena event in 2019. The choreography is taken care of by Paolo Mazzone and Luc Boye, the landmark lighting designers of the Illumination Festival. The orchestra, chorus composed by new maestro Ulysses Trabacín, ball coordinated by Gaetano Petrosino and technicians from the Arena di Verona Foundation add to an entirely new and rich show filled with many memes and extras. Directs the Arena’s regular guest Valencian maestro Jordi Bernesar with a solid international career.

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The stage festival is divided into three operatic acts.Arena with many new surprises for the public, starting with the first part dedicated to AidaThe opera Queen of the Arena, of which the second scene of the second act is performed with a solemn triumph and a coordinated grand finale. On this occasion, Placido Domingo made his debut in the baritone role of Amonasaro., The father of the Ethiopian princess played by acclaimed soprano Maria Jose Sirik, He is accompanied by tenor Fabio Sartori warrior Radames, in his seasonal debut, mezzo-soprano Yulia Matochkina, Carmen’s next hero, her rival Amneris, the daughter of the king of Egypt Simon Lim, while the great bass Ildar Abdrazakov, in the middle of the world. The cast, most requested by the main theaters of the U.S., plays the role of Rampheus, the high priest. For his eagerly awaited debut at the Verona Arena.

For the second part, Don Carlo’s main scenes follow each other., a monumental Verdi title, exactly thirty years after the last Arena performance. The very young Domingo played it in Verona in the year of his debut. Following the nocturnal prologue of Act II, Fabio Sartori is on stage with his first aria Io Vidi in the title role, then played by his father, King Philip II of Spain, Ildar Abdrazakov, with a big monologue Ella Never Loved Me. Then there is the great final aria of Elisabetta de Valois, interpreted by María José Siri. The Madrid star gives Rodrigo voice and body, for dramatic force and political thought, in one of the most influential and complex pages of all Verdi’s baritone repertoire in one of the most intense and beloved roles: Rodrigo’s duet with Filippo II.

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The Feast Ends With the Second Act of Macbeth, another masterpiece of rare performance in an amphitheater (the last time was twenty-five years ago), introduced by a very original prelude that perfectly creates the dark and allegorical atmosphere of Scottish tragedy. In the final scene of the banquet, next to Domingo, the soprano María José Siri’s phenomenal Lady Macbeth, the soprano María José Siri, rises on the huge stage with Macduff of Sicario, tenor Fabio by Gabriele Sagona. Sartori and, above all, the Macduff of tenor Fabio Sartori and, above all, Ildar Abdrazakov, to challenge with the famous banco scene and aria, one of the highest poetic peaks in Verdi’s creation and the visiting card of all the greatest basses.

Fiesta opens a special week for the festival, With new cast and shows by Franco Zeffirelli, Plácido Domingo returns to the Arena Orchestra’s stage on Friday 26 August for the same date as Turandot’s conductor, with the debut of Oksana Daika and tenor Yonghoon Lee. Saturday 27 Carmen’s final performance saw the debut of protagonist Yulia Matochkina alongside Vittorio Grigolo. Finally, on Sunday 28, Aida returns to the scene at the Verona Arena with the full role of Jonas Kaufman for the first time.

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