Plácido Domingo celebrates Mozart's birthday

The opera star is back in Prague to conduct an evening of Mozart’s arias and duets

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday will be marked with a concert conducted by Plácido Domingo on Jan. 27 at the Estates Theater in Prague.

Mozart was born in 1756 in Salzburg, but the Estates Theater is the only theater left in the world where he conducted the premiere of one of his own operas, and Prague has become closely associated with the composer.

The birthday concert will feature soloists Adela Zaharia, Štěpánka Pučálková, Petr Nekoranec and Simone Alberghini performing arias and duets from Mozart’s operas.

Plácido Domingo, a world-famous tenor who now also conducts, returns to Prague less than a year and a half after he introduced himself to the Czech audience as conductor of Mozart’s Don Giovanni on the anniversary of its premiere.

“I am looking forward to come back to Prague this time to celebrate Mozart’s birthday anniversary. I cannot wait to be conducting a selection of Mozart’s best pieces performed by a brilliant cast consisting of Operalia winners and Czech singers,” Domingo said.

The Operalia competition is organized by Domingo to support new opera talent.

The concert is made possible by cooperation between the Czech National Theater and the Domingo-Mozart-Prague Society. “We appreciate the fact that the National Theater benefits from cooperation with first-class stars,” National Theater director Jan Burian.

Silvia Hroncová, director of the National Theater Opera and State Opera, said, “It is a great honor to host Domingo as a conductor at a concert on Mozart's birthday. We believe that this evening, which has a long tradition, will bring the audience an unforgettable experience, and the Estates Theater’s Mozart tradition will be glorified.”

Romanian soprano Adela Zaharia won the competition in 2017, and was hailed as an “apparition.” Another winner is Italian bass-baritone Simone Alberghini, who debuted at the Teatro Regio in Turin in 1993 and has since appeared in many major opera houses.

Czech audiences remember him as Don Giovanni when he performed under the baton of Plácido Domingo at the Estates Theater last year.

In addition to foreign guests, two successful young Czech soloists, mezzo-soprano Štěpánka Pučálková and tenor Petr Nekoranec will perform. Pučálková is a member of the Semperoper ensemble inMetropolitan Opera in New York. Dresden. Nekoranec took part in the recent Operalia competition in Lisbon and has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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