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Domingo, Netrebko & Villazon: Three Stars in Vienna
Posted: December 1st, 2008
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The legendary Plácido Domingo joins new superstars Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón — one of the leading dream couples in contemporary opera — for an open-air concert at the steps to Vienna’s magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Domingo, still a thrilling opera superstar after 45 years, remains a peerless master of suave lyricism. Netrebko, the fiery Russian soprano, has taken the opera world by storm in a triumphant international career. And Villazón — the dashing Mexican tenor with the achingly expressive voice — was discovered and mentored by Domingo. The concert’s repertoire includes popular favorites by Lehar, Verdi, Strauss and many others.

  • Julio Antonio Bueso

    The Three Stars Concert in Vienna can be easily considered as one of the major events in the opera world this year. Domingo remains as a major force and it is clear that for delight of his fans he has many more years singing at first level. Netrebko has installed by herself in one of the most astonishing sopranos. Some experts compared her with entire justice with the Divine Callas, although Netrebko presence and voice power seems to be even greater. Netrebko does not only has a beautiful voice, but she is also a beautiful woman. This combination of beauty and talent rarely occurs as it is in the case of Sarah Brightman, the eclectic soprano and incredibly gifted artist. Villazon is a new, but promising voice that is finding his own place in the opera’s universe. The concert was a five stars performance and a powerful call that opera is becoming more and more popular, even among those neophytes that have never been exposed to classical music and opera. This concert was a unique experience with the seduction of the Domingo’s voice and two powerful new voices that are beginning to reach world stages, just as Domingo, Carrera, and Pavarotti made it two decades ago.

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