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Subscriptions to The Singer are no longer available

The Singer has now been fully incorporated into Classical Music magazine, the fortnightly voice of the classical music profession, and is no longer a separate publication.

Classical Music will continue to cover all the topics and areas of interest to singers: there will be frequent focus sections on singers, choirs, ensembles, and supplements dedicated to the many aspects of classical music.

The last issue of The Singer was printed in the 28 January 2012 issue of Classical Music.

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Domingo celebrates 40 years at Covent Garden

28 October 2011, London, UK

Plácido Domingo as Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House
Plácido Domingo as Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House(Photo: Catherine Ashmore)

Review by Francis Muzzu

After 230 performances of 26 roles with the Royal Opera, you could excuse Plácido Domingo for resting on his laurels.  But at a performance yesterday marking the opera superstar’s fortieth anniversary with the company, he added yet another role to this list, singing the title role in Act 3 of Rigoletto.

The evening started with Act 4 of Otello, where Domingo’s formidable clarion tones overrode worry about the top of the voice.  Descending to his current baritonal register, Rigoletto posed less of a problem, as the main burden of performance fell upon others. Next came Act 3 of Simon Boccanegra, which although beautifully phrased and acted, revealed a lack of true baritonal depth and richness.  But an ecstatic audience would hear no wrong, and this truly amazing artist received the standing ovation he deserved. 

Antonio Pappano offered sterling support in the pit, and particularly good contributions came from Ailyn Pérez and Francesco Meli in Rigoletto, and Paata Burchuladze in Simon Boccanegra.

ROH's Plácido Domingo Celebration will receive a second performance at 3pm on 30 October 2011

 

 

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