Plácido Domingo and Barrett Wissman Create Plácido Domingo Festival


Placido Domingo and Barrett Wissman

Plácido Domingo and IMG Artists with Principal and Co-Chairman Barrett Wissman were thrilled to announce the first edition of the Plácido Domingo Festival. It took place in Seville and Malaga from October 25th through November 3rd 2012. The list of performers was vast and enticing, including:  Vittorio Grigolo,  Ana María Martínez, Joaquín Achúcarro,Ángel Romero, Nino Machaidze, Micaëla Oeste, Angel Blue, Pinchas Zukerman, Danielle de Niese, Nina Kotova and Ivo Pogorelich.

The festival started on October 25th at the Maestranza Theatre in Seville with a fully-staged production of Massenet’s Thais. More performances took place on the 28th and the 31st.

The festival by Placido Domingo and IMG Artists with Barrett Wissman also included four chamber concerts that took place in the Salon de los Tapices. On October 27th, Pinchas Zukerman performed with his trio. Spanish guitar virtuoso Angel Romero and Russian cellist Nina Kotova then performed on October 29th. Danielle de Niese was accompanied by Cameron Stowe on the 30th. The closing performance was a jazz evening that featured  Micaëla Oeste and Angel Blue on November 1st.

As Plácido Domingo said:  “I am thrilled that such wonderful and highly accomplished guest artists will join me for my inaugural festival.  These will be my first performances in the culturally rich and historically important cities of Seville and Malaga in a number of years, and I am hugely excited at the prospect of returning there, as well as establishing my own festival in my beloved homeland.  I hope the festival will bring attention to Andalucía, a beautiful and evocative region of Spain that has played such an important part in operatic storytelling.”

Barrett Wissman, from IMG Artists, said, “I am delighted to partner with Maestro Plácido Domingo in this new and exciting cultural initiative.  The impact that he has made on the global cultural landscape is nothing short of phenomenal as a singer, conductor and administrator.  My partner Alex Shustorovich and I are deeply honoured to be establishing a festival under Maestro Domingo’s patronage. The support and enthusiasm with which the festival has been greeted within Andalucía reflects the passion the people have for Maestro Domingo and his artistry.  We are also very grateful for the support that our presenting partners, the Maestranza Theatre, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, and the Real Alcázar have given us, as well as the support of the cities of Seville and Malaga.”

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