Placido Domingo concert of 'Boccanegra' canceled in New York
It looks as if Los Angeles Opera's production of "Simon Boccanegra" will be the last opportunity in the U.S. to see Plácido Domingo perform the Verdi opera for the foreseeable future. A concert version of the opera that was scheduled for March at New York's Lincoln Center has been abruptly called off due to financial problems by the presenting company.
The company in question is the Opera Orchestra of New York, a mid-sized group that specializes in concert performances of operas with major singers. On Friday, the company issued a statement saying that a donor had withdrawn a $250,000 pledge, which led company leaders to pull the plug on the March 7 concert at Avery Fisher Hall.
Norman Raben, chairman of the Opera Orchestra's board, said in the statement that "we have a mandate to be fiscally responsible, and with the loss of funding for this production we were given no choice but to cancel the concert."
Domingo is performing "Boccanegra" at L.A. Opera though March 4. He has already performed the role in New York, London, Berlin and Milan. The opera offers a rare chance to see the renowned tenor in a baritone role.
In May, Domingo is scheduled to perform "Boccanegra" again in Berlin.
-- David Ng
Photo: Domingo in "Simon Boccanegra" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times