ONE NIGHT ONLY!
An Evening of Zarzuela and Latin American Music
Friday, June 7, 2013 at 7:30p
General Director Plácido Domingo, whose parents were celebrated singers of zarzuela—the popular Spanish form of operetta—will perform as both singer and as conductor, leading the LA Opera Orchestra.
The soloists will include soprano Janai Brugger, whose recent appearances include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Liu in Turandot and Musetta in La Bohème with LA Opera. Ms. Brugger is a former member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program who in 2012 won three top awards at Operalia, the international vocal competition founded by Mr. Domingo. She will be joined by tenor Joshua Guerrero, a first-year member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and by Uruguayan soprano María Antúnez, a 2011 Operalia semi-finalist who will create the title role in LA Opera’s May 2013 world premiere of Dulce Rosa by Lee Holdridge. Portions of the concert will be conducted by Spanish conductor Jordi Bernacer. The concert will be followed by the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award presentation to soprano Ailyn Pérez.
The Plácido Domingo Award
The Plácido Domingo Award is presented each year by Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera, a support organization for the Company, to celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic artists as well as those who contribute to the awareness of opera and its educational value in the Latino community of Los Angeles. The presentation and gala dinner, chaired by HLAO Founder Alicia Garcia Clark, will take place in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall immediately after the concert. Proceeds from the event will benefit LA Opera’s internationally acclaimed Education and Community Programs, which reach more than 150,000 adults and children, many of whom are of Hispanic descent, each year throughout Southern California.
About Ailyn Pérez
Soprano Ailyn Pérez most recently appeared with LA Opera as Mimi in La Bohème in June 2012, after performing in LA Opera’s 2007 world premiere of Lee Holdridge’s Concierto para Mendez. She was a 2006 winner of Operalia. Born to Mexican parents, Ms. Pérez was the 2012 winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award – the first Hispanic to win the award in its history.
For more information about the Plácido Domingo Awards Dinner, please call LA Opera’s special events department at 213.972.3664. For more information about Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera, please visit Hispanics for LA Opera.