Placido Domingo gives voice toWoody Allen opera

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Los An­ge­les

Placido Domingo will star in a re­turn to Los An­ge­les of Woody Allen’s first opera pro­duc­tion, Puc­cini’s Gianni Schic­chi, the opera house said on Tues­day.

Allen first staged Gianni Schic­chi at the Los An­ge­les Opera in 2008, adapt­ing Puc­cini’s work based on a side char­ac­ter in Dante’s In­ferno and trans­plant­ing the story to a more mod­ern era with al­lu­sions to Ital­ian cinema and a fast-paced comic style rem­i­nis­cent of the direc­tor’s films.

The Bri­tish bari­tone Thomas Allen— no re­la­tion to the direc­tor— per­formed in the ti­tle role in 2008. Domingo will star in the lat­est stag­ing of Gianni Schic­chi at the Los An­ge­les Opera, which opens as the sea­son de­but on Sept 12.

The Span­ish tenor, one of the world’s most iden­ti­fi­able opera singers, is also per­form­ing in a pro­duc­tion of Allen’s Gianni Schic­chi start­ing on June 30 atMadrid’s Teatro Real.

The an­nounce­ment came as the Los An­ge­les Opera un­veiled its 201516 sea­son, which marks the 30th an­niver­sary of the com­pany in its cur­rent ver­sion.

Domingo, who is the gen­eral direc­tor of the Los An­ge­les Opera, says in a state­ment the com­pany “crafted a sea­son full of au­di­ence fa­vorites” to mark the an­niver­sary.

Other high­lights of the sea­son in­clude aMarch 2016 con­cert of arias and duets be­tween Domingo and an­other opera su­per­star, Re­nee Flem­ing. The Los An­ge­les Opera will also pre­sen­tMoby- Dick, an opera by US com­poser Jake Heg­gie that pre­miered in 2010 and is based on Her­manMelville’s clas­sic novel.

Woody Allen touched again on his love of Ital­ian opera in his 2012 film To RomeWith Love.

At age 79, Allen re­mains pro­lific and is plan­ning to di­rect his own tele­vi­sion­show, to pre­miere in 2016 in a deal with on­line re­tail gi­ant Ama­zon.

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