Placido Domingo to conduct Don Giovanni 230 years after its world premiere in Prague
The world renowned opera singer Placido Domingo is to conduct two performances of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague in October to mark 230 years since Mozart himself conducted the premiere of this famous opera in the very same opera house. Domingo visited Prague this week to launch preparations for the cultural event of the year.
230 years later Prague is preparing to mark the anniversary in grand style at the Estates Theatre where it premiered. And the star at the centre of this illustrious occasion is none other than the world-famous tenor Placido Domingo. Mr. Domingo was in Prague this week to oversee the preparations for the autumn premiere, and told journalists at a press briefing he hoped Don Giovanni would give the Czech capital the cultural recognition it deserved.
Placido Domingo, who also has a love of Prague, reportedly himself suggested the idea of directing Don Giovanni in Prague on the occasion of the operas 230th anniversary. He will not only direct two performances of the opera, using a copy of the original score, but will act as artistic director and cultural ambassador for the event. The lead singers will be handpicked at the international contest Operalia, which Placido Domingo sponsors, and other roles will be filled by local singers whom the tenor has already started to audition.
“The return of this opera to the city it was written for, its return to the opera house where the very walls are permeated with this historic event will be an exceptional and unique experience.”