Placido Domingo is learning a new role

The singer, who turned 79 today, has booked himself in for Donizetti’s Belisario at Bergamo in November.

It will be his 152nd role.


With Denis Matsuev, Putin’s musical emissary

The prompter will be working overtime.

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  • It is ridiculous to disparage Placido Domingo’s taking on a new role because of his age. If he cannot do it he will know. He has learned and sung over 100 roles. His professionalism will carry him through. If not, he will decide

  • It’s fantastic that he wants to learn something new! Why so many ageism remarks! The more we learn as we age the longer we keep our brain in tact!!!!!

  • I’s no more ridiculous than his singing anything else — which by recent reviews seems to be not at all. (We will not countenance the notion that some of those reviews have been coloured by attitudes about his little local difficulties in the US).

    I am not seeing him live so have no view on the matter of his current performing abilities. But I do not accept that if he is able to perform he is not able to learn. By all accounts of his range of activities, his is a nimble and very able mind, and nobody doubts his musicality.

  • He cancelled his December concert in Krakow because tickets were not selling, causing great disappointment and inconvenience. No apology.

    • Not every time someone criticises someone or something it’s envy…
      Believe me, there are plenty of people with a realistic view of PD’s “singing” in the past years
      ….not to mention his conducting

  • Has he taken Hughes Cuenod as his professional role model? Seriously though, learning never did anyone any harm at any age, so I applaud him on that front. Let’s hope his execution of the role passes muster. No doubt it will be heavily analysed, discussed and dissected – not least by NL when the time comes.

  • Oh, he’s so right, Mr. Domingo is, and I really missed out on life not spending it listening to him insult elephants blasting away. You see it’s a tragedy I never realized how dangerous such creatures are, and MONKEYS TOO. They’re taking away all of the jobs you could have had in a hospital or a laboratory!

    • Belisario came right after Lucia – same librettist. I heard it in concert at the Barbican in 2012. BBC Symphony conducted by Mark Elder. Opera Rara released a recording with the same forces. Quite a strong work. Strong cast headed by Joyce El-Khoury.

  • There is nothing ridiculous about Placido Domingo taking on a new role. And what has age got to do with anything. That is pure discrimination!
    Domingo is dedicated and professsional to the core. He is capable of deciding what he can or cannot do.

  • Mr. Lebrecht, your comments are uncalled for.
    Firstly, you acknowledge Maestro Domingo’s birthday, but did not have the courtesy to offer well wishes, as you do with others. Secondly, there is nothing ridiculous about this talented legend learning and performing a new role. If anything , it is to be commended. Lastly, your prompter comment is out of line as well.
    Having seen him perform many times in the past few years, I can attest he does not rely on the prompter, as you insinuate.
    There have been several comments posted regarding your envy/jealousy. You have many times in the past expressed your disdain for Mr. Domingo, therefore, I will refrain from commenting on that.

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