It began in a Starbucks Corp. coffee shop in Berlin six years ago. Los Angeles Philharmonic Association President Deborah Borda and conductor Gustavo Dudamel decided to ask architect Frank Gehry to design sets for a trilogy of Mozart operas Dudamel wanted to stage.
President Vladimir Putin and performers led by Placido Domingo starred at the opening of a $700 million stage for the Mariinsky Theatre that aims to cement its status as one of the world’s top cultural institutions.
An Italian Jewish priest who ended up selling vegetables and teaching at Columbia University before he died in New York in 1838 is the real star of the new production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Tenor Placido Domingo has made history by switching voice types to sing the baritone role of Simon Boccanegra in Berlin, New York, and Milan. Now, three months after his successful operation for colon cancer, he’s in London digging again to the baritone bedrock of his voice.
London theater used to be quiet in August. What happened? A spectacular “Batman Live,” a Broadway transfer of “South Pacific” and a new “Don Giovanni” opened this week. Did someone cancel holiday for showpeople?