Domingo to perform Verdi, Zarzuela in Budapest
On 6 February, 2016 the special guest star of the Shakespeare Ball organized by the Hungarian State Opera isPlácido Domingo. One important feature of the ball revived in 2014 is that the greatest figures of the world of opera and ballet are invited to this exclusive event. The appearance of Domingo is extraordinary as it is the first time this significant personality of the classical music scene of the 20th and 21st centuries sings on the stage of the Opera House.
Beside Plácido Domingo three Hungarian sopranos appear in the gala performance: Szilvia Rálik, Orsolya Sáfár and Zita Szemere join the star. Later, popular music bands such as Back II Black, KFT and Mystery Gang entertain the audience in the ball room.
In a video message on his Facebook site last week Domingo announced his acceptance of the invitation of the Hungarian State Opera to the Shakespeare Ball in February 2016, a highlight event of the upcoming season at the Budapest Opera. In the last season, another outstanding figure of the world of opera, Angela Gheorghiu made her Hungarian debut at the Faust Ball. Unlike the internationally renowned soprano, Domingo has had a long-lasting relationship with the Hungarian audiences as he appeared in different roles at the Erkel Theatre in the first half of his career. His last appearance as a singer was almost 30 years ago, and he has never sung at the Opera House in Andrássy Avenue. Regarding his engagement at the Shakespeare Ball he claimed he finally got the chance to fulfil his dream to sing at the Hungarian State Opera at a very important event whose main purpose is charity.
Source on: shakespearebal.hu