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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Plácido Domingo
"Show Boat" is Francesca Zambello's directing debut in her role as artistic director of the WNO, succeeding Placido Domingo.
Two spontaneous eruptions from the audience just about said it all as the Metropolitan Opera revived Willy Decker's brilliantly stripped-down and de-romanticized production of Verdi's "La Traviata."
When the financially strapped Washington National Opera became affiliated with the Kennedy Center a year ago, some skeptical WNO members likened it to putting one's head into the open mouth of a lion that hadn't had its lunch. What a difference a year can make.
The financially ailing Washington National Opera opens its new season Saturday following a timely rescue from further decline by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and its president, Michael Kaiser.
American television audiences will see something unique this week _ filmed live in the streets and palaces of an Italian city: Verdi's "Rigoletto" with Placido Domingo, singing right where the story is set.
Celebrated tenor Placido Domingo on Tuesday dedicated upcoming Paris performances of "Il Postino" to the opera's late composer, Daniel Catan.
With his final performance Saturday night as artistic director of the Washington National Opera, tenor Placido Domingo ends a 15-year collaboration that transformed what was once a respectable provincial company into what he recently described as "one of the really important ones in the United States and the world."
The Washington National Opera has appointed Francesca Zambello as the company's artistic adviser as famed tenor Placido Domingo steps down after 15 years with the opera.
The Washington National Opera announced Wednesday that it has appointed Francesca Zambello as the company's artistic adviser as famed tenor Placido Domingo steps down after 15 years with the opera.
At that time it had a deficit of $12 million, had reduced its repertoire for the season to five operas and was about to lose its artistic director, supertenor Placido Domingo, who had announced his retirement from the job in 2010.
he insisted that City Opera's theater be renovated, forcing the company to go dark for the 2008-2009 season, with only six unstaged performances elsewhere.