Thursday, July 4, 2013

Plácido Domingo (und Freundinnen) auf der Freilichtbühne Loreley

Last night at the Freilichtbühne Loreley in Germany, Plácido Domingo held forth for a pleasant evening concert of opera excerpts, mostly Verdi and Wagner (I wonder how they came up with that program idea?) 

With him were two young up-and-coming American sopranos, whose careers he has been championing lately. The program kicks off with a rough-n-ready Meistersinger Prelude. You can see it for a few months on Arte LiveWeb.
About 14 minutes in, the lovely Angel Blue sings a powerful "Dich, Teure Halle," and at around 25 minutes, Domingo sings Germont to Micaëla Oeste's Violetta in the Act 2 duet. He starts off a bit wobbly, (I'd be happy to sing that well even before I am 80-whatever) but blossoms as the scene progresses. The two of them create very moving drama, especially considering they're in concert dress, 10 feet away from each other and in front of looming microphones.

If you don't have time for the full program, at least check out these two excerpts. For some reason, I cannot embed this video (I usually can with  Arte LiveWeb programs), so here is the link to Plácido Domingo auf der Freilichtbühne Loreley.

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