Internationally acclaimed opera star Plácido Domingo will return to Miami for the first time in a decade for a concert at the AmericanAirlines Arena 8pm Thursday. The concert will feature a selection of famous operatic highlights, Broadway hits and audience favorites such as “Granada” and “Bésame Mucho.” During a Tuesday press conference at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Domingo — whose 75th birthday was Jan. 21 — said he feels great and has no reason to slow down.
The Miami concert is part of a wide-ranging tour. What inspired you to partake in such a full travel schedule?
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No doubt this year is a special one. I thank God for allowing me to continue doing what I love, satisfying the public and myself. I’m not the kind of artist who prepares and goes on tour to promote an album. Within my still busy operatic schedule, I attend numerous beautiful invitations coming from everywhere. This tour is taking me from Chicago to Moscow and Dublin, even making a stopover in my hometown of Madrid.
The tour began at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with soprano Ana Maria Martinez. Who is accompanying you here?
Ana Maria indeed has been with me for countless concerts around the world — she is someone who I greatly appreciate as a person and as an artist. In Miami, Argentinian soprano Virginia Tola will accompany me. She is having a wonderful international career with some of the genre’s most demanding roles. Also American soprano Micaëla Oeste, who has continued to grow dramatically. As always, I’ll be happy to work with conductor Eugene Kohn, who will lead the Miami Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Eduardo Marturet. Finally, I have the great great privilege of being able to confirm that our dear friend Juanes will sing with me on a couple of pieces. It fills me with joy.
How do you like performing in Miami?
This city has always been very special to me. It’s the epicenter of our beloved cultures, our rich flavors and our Latin music — with a wonderful, diverse, knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience. Miami is the city where I have performed many concerts over the years, some very memorable ones with my colleagues [aka The Three Tenors] Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras.