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Placido Domingo Festival Kicks Off In Spain

By O'Jay Burgess on Oct 23, 2012 10:18 AM EDT

Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 will see Spanish tenor Placido Domingo will a festival held in his honor entitled the "Placido Domingo Festival." The event will be held in the Spanish cities of Malaga and Seville places that Domingo himself has described as "culturally rich and historically important."

This will be the first festival held in the tenor's name and he will have a host of guest participating in his week long event.

Joining Domingo will be Grammy award winning singer Ana Martinez, Italian Vittorio Grigolo and artistic director Joaquin Achucarro.

Also included in the festivities is well travelled guitarist Angel Romero, Nino Machaidze, Micaela Oeste one of Domingo's stars at his L.A. Opera House and soprano Angel Blue.

Rounding out this talented roster will be violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukeman, American soprano Danielle de Niese, Russian-born cellist Nina Kotova and former Tchaikovsky Conservatory student pianist Ivo Pogorelich.

The program for this event starts off with Massenet's "Thais" and that will have Domingo, Machiadze, Stefano Paltchi, Oeste, Marife Nogales, Antonio Gandia, Pedro Halffter, Nicola Raab, the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla and the Chorus of the Teatro de la Maestranza performing and this piece will be staged from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31 and will be held in Seville.

Teatro Cervantes in Malaga will play host to the Festival Gala that will be on Oct. 26 and will feature Domingo, Grigolo, Martinez, Romero and the Qrquesta Filarmonica de Malaga.

Oct. 27 will see the Zukerman Chamber Players perform at the Salon de los Tapices in Real Alcazar, Seville. Pinchas Zukerman will be joined by cellist Amanda Forsyth and Angela Cheng and they will play the works of Mozart, Schumann, Kodaly and Mendelssohn.

Angel Romero and Nina Kotova will combine on Oct. 29 in Seville along with pianist Ksenia Kogan to perform Falla and Rachmaninov.

On Oct. 30 Danielle de Niese will perform in Seville along with pianist Cameron Stoweand they will act out the works of Mozart, Handel, Bizet, Delibes, Rossini, Puccini and Donizetti while on Nov. 1 will see Angel Blue and Micaela Oeste perform jazz and blues in Seville.

Ivo Pogorelich, Pedro Halffter and the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla will close out proceedings on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 in Seville playing Chopin and Rachmaninov.  

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