(May 1, 2003) - Opera star Placido Domingo is coming to America
- southern Mississippi, in fact.
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.
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 the event."
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."
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
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
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."
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."
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
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.
may be reserved immediately by purchasing 2003 season tickets
for the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. Seat assignments begin in
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.tickets.usm.edu/.