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If You’ve Got the Goods…Domingo as a Baritone

Placido Domingo as the Doge Francesco Foscari

Placido Domingo as the Doge Francesco Foscari

Saturday at noon

Being a great tenor might be a younger man’s work, but being a great artist takes on a character all its own. The remarkable career of Plácido Domingo just keeps ascending; the 71-year-old Spanish opera star fills his time as general director of the LA Opera, conducting all over the world; he also continues to add roles to his long list of accolades, now not so much as a tenor, but as a baritone.

“…the role might have been written just for him — almost as if Verdi had a 71-year-old former tenor in in mind.”

—David Gregson, Opera West

In this week’s Saturday opera broadcast, Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in a new production of  an early Verdi masterpiece “I due Foscari.” Recorded in September of 2012 in Los Angeles, the production presents languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice which conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, a father (played by Domingo) and son (Francesco Meli) struggle to reclaim honor in a city that knows no mercy.

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