L.A. Opera to honor Nancy Fabiola Herrera with Plácido Domingo Award
Mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera will be the latest opera star to receive the Plácido Domingo Award from Los Angeles Opera when she appears this fall in Daniel Catán's "Il Postino."
The award, which is scheduled to be handed out at a gala dinner on Oct. 9, is co-organized by Hispanics for LA Opera. Previous winners include Rolando Villazón, Juan Diego Florez and Cristina Gallardo-Domâs. Herrera hails from the Canary Islands, which is a territory of Spain.
Herrera will play the role of Donna Rosa, the protective aunt whose niece is being courted by Pablo Neruda’s postman, in "Il Postino." The Spanish-language opera, which is adapted from the 1994 movie, will run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Sept. 23 to Oct. 16, with Domingo in the role of Neruda.
In recent years, Herrera has made the title role in "Carmen" one of her signature parts. She sang the role at LA Opera and New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2008. Last year, Herrera performed "Carmen" at the Arena di Verona in a production conducted by Domingo. She will appear at the Met later this season in "Rigoletto."
-- David Ng
Photo: Nancy Fabiola Herrera. Credit: (c) Fidelio Artist