BILOXI, Miss. - Opera
star Placido Domingo is coming to America - southern Mississippi,
"One Voice. One Orchestra. One Night Only. The
Concert Event of a Lifetime" will take place April 2, 2005,
at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum. Domingo will share the stage
with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra, announced event partners
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and The University of Southern Mississippi
at a press conference today.
"This event will be the most significant musical
event ever to have occurred in Mississippi," said the symphony's
musical director, Dr. Jay Dean. "It's a truly amazing accomplishment
for the southeastern United States and for any university in the
world. We expect to have a sold-out audience well in advance of
Southern Miss President Shelby F. Thames agreed that
this concert is the concert of a lifetime. "This event solidifies
Southern Miss' impact on the region and exemplifies strength of
our arts, faculty and students," he said. "This is a trend-setting
partnership we hope we can duplicate many times over so we can continue
to bring arts of this kind to the people we serve."
"Beau Rivage is pleased to be partnering with
The University of Southern Mississippi to present a cultural opportunity
of this magnitude in Mississippi," said Beau Rivage President
Jeff Dahl. "As exclusive sponsor, our involvement allows 11,000
people an unforgettable evening, with tickets starting as low as
$25. Proceeds from the event will establish two Beau Rivage endowments
- one to support the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra and another
to support future Southern Miss arts activities on the Mississippi
The announcement that Domingo would perform with the
Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra was made at the same time as the
symphony's upcoming season schedule. "We are announcing this
23 months in advance because we expect to sell out," he said.
"And (this event) would not be possible without the partnership
with Beau Rivage."
Dean said he had been working on making the event
happen for the last five years. "I started working on this
project in 1998, and by the time it comes about, I'll have invested
seven years," he said. "I pursued a lot of different avenues
and never gave up. I knew it was the right thing to do and kept
searching for the right date, sponsor and venue. Whenever you engage
an artist such as Placido Domingo, the most formidable obstacle
to overcome is schedule."
Dean said that in a span of a week, it is common for
Domingo to sing three to four performances in as many different
countries. "His rehearsal and perform schedule is extraordinary,"
Dean noted. "(Domingo) is one of the most sought-after performers
in the world, and his name is a household word. In terms of celebrity
status, he is the No. 1 classical music performer in the world,
and he is also one of the few classical artists who have successfully
built a nonclassical audience. He reaches an extraordinarily wide
audience and has been at the top of profession of more than a quarter
of a century."
Born in Madrid, Spain, to local operetta stars Plácido
Domingo Sr. and Pepita Embil, Domingo began his career at age 8,
often accompanying his mother's recitals and singing minor baritone
roles in his parents' company. Domingo was schooled in Mexico City,
and later entered Mexico's National Conservatory of Music.
Following his motto - "If I rest, I rust"
- Domingo's repertoire spans the gamut, from Mozart to Verdi, from
Berlioz to Puccini, from Wagner to Ginastera. He appears regularly
at all major opera houses, including Milan's La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper,
London's Royal Opera House, Opéra National de Paris, San
Fransisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington Opera, Los Angeles
Opera, Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires,
Teatro Real in Madrid, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, and at the
Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. He has made more than 100 recordings,
has earned 12 Grammy Awards, has made more than 50 videos, and has
completed three theatrically released films - Zeffirelli's "La
Traviata" and "Othello," and Rosi's "Carmen."
His telecast of "Tosca" from the authentic settings in
Rome was seen by more than 1 billion people in 117 different countries.
Tickets may be reserved immediately by purchasing
2003 season tickets for the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. Seat
assignments begin in November.
For ticket information for "One Voice. One Orchestra.
One Night Only. The Concert Event of a Lifetime," call the
Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 1-800-844-8425
and online at http://www.usm.edu/tickets.