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Tenor Placido Domingo to add Rigoletto to his new baritone repertoire

Placido Domingo, who enjoyed considerable success this past season moving back into his original baritone range to sing the title role in Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra," is about to take on another of the composer's great baritone challenges.

The superstar tenor and general director of two opera companies (seen in this photo celebrating with Spain's World Cup winners) will sing the iconic role of Rigoletto Aug. 2 month in Beijing. He'll be joined onstage for this concert version of the opera by members of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. In September, Domingo is slated to sing that role in a performance of "Rigoletto" that will be broadcast live on Italian TV from Mantua, where the opera is set.

Clearly, Domingo is destined to enjoy bigger and bigger chapters all to himself in future histories of opera singing.

The Beijing cast includes

Micaëla Oeste as Gilda, Yingxi Zhang as the Duke, Grigory Soloviov as Sparafucile and Cynthia Hanna as Maddalena. Eugene Kohn will conduct the Chinese National Opera House Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

The performance will be at the Reignwood Theater, where, wouldn't you know, Domingo is artistic director, too (this guy makes most workaholics look like slackers), and where the WNO's young artists first performed in 2009 as part of a three-year venture.


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