Placido on the go.
Between juggling his role as general director of both the Los Angeles Opera and the Washington National Opera, starring in more than 124 different roles, and conducting operas throughout the world, PLACIDO DOMINGO has to move very quickly indeed. At the Placido Domingo Awards, sponsored by the Hispanics for the L.A. Opera, he really proved this point.
After presenting awards to Chilean soprano CRISTINA GALLARDO-DOMAS and Spanish baritone JUAN PONS at a gala dinner at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, he dashed downstairs to the orchestra pit to conduct Puccini's Tosca, where the aforementioned singers performed. Then the maestro had to jet off to Paris, where he was to conduct Howard Shore's opera The Fly, which will open the company's season September 6th.
The Hispanics for the L.A. Opera was founded by ED Clark and ALICIA GARCIA CLARK in 1991. They raise funds for education and community programs and have greatly increased the percentage of Hispanics attending the L.A. Opera performances.
ORLANDO J. ORTEGA welcomed the prestigious dinner guests, including INOCENCIO ARIAs, the consul general of Spain; BARBARA TEICHERT, who is on the Board of the Washington Opera; and MAURICIO MONROY, a partner in Deloitte-Baja California.
Thanks go to President DOLORES ELENA RICHARDSON, and the committee who made this a most elegant evening at the Opera.