CULTURE

Placido Domingo to sing at this year’s Athens Festival

The Herod Atticus Theater welcomes a leading personality of the world of opera and music this week, as part of this year’s Athens Festival. Popular Spanish tenor Placido Domingo is scheduled to appear at the ancient theater on Wednesday. Joined by soprano Ana Maria Martinez and the Thessaloniki State Orchestra conducted by Eugene Kohn, the artist will interpret arias as well as well-known canzonettas, ballads and excerpts from musicals. A tireless and seasoned performer, Domingo has built an exemplary career in opera and classical music based on an ever-expanding repertoire and more than 100 recordings. To those who have little knowledge of the world of opera, however, Domingo will forever be known as one of the Three Tenors, alongside fellow Spaniard Jose Carreras and flamboyant Italian Luciano Pavarotti. Born in Madrid in 1941, Domingo and his family moved to Mexico when he was 8 years old. He enrolled at Mexico City’s conservatory to study piano and conducting, but was subsequently won over by opera. His first role on stage was that of Alfredo in «La Traviata,» in a performance that took place in Monterrey. The rest of the world discovered Domingo in 1968, when the young artist made his Metropolitan Opera debut, starring as Maurizio in «Adriana Lecouvreur.» The rest is operatic history. Maestro Besides singing, Domingo is also a prominent maestro, conducting renowned ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Chicago Symphony. He is also the artistic director of the Washington Opera and the Los Angeles Opera. For ticket information see What’s On.