- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 14, 2012

LONDON (AP) - Placido Domingo will sing the title character in Verdi’s “Nabucco” for the first time at The Royal Opera next year.

The new production, announced Wednesday, will be the fourth new role for Domingo in little more than a year, all baritone parts.

The 71-year-old, famous for his decades as a tenor, also is slated to make role debuts in Massenet’s “Thais” in March in Spain, Verdi’s “I Due Foscari” at Los Angeles in September, and Verdi’s “La Traviata” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera next March. He will appear in “Nabucco” in April, 2013.

The Royal Opera also will present the British premiere of George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin,” and new productions of Meyerbeer’s “Robert le Diable,” Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” and Britten’s “Gloriana.”

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