Placido Domingo gives voice toWoody Allen opera
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.