Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo conquers Durango


The Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo captivated the audience in Durango with a repertoire of classic and Mexican themes. He sang before 21,500 spectators on his return to the Mexican city of Durango as part of the Cultural Festival Revueltas 2018.

In the crowded gardens of the Centro Cultural y de Convenciones Bicentenario in Durango, he opened his concert with an aria by Richard Wagner that lasted more than two hours and ended with songs of Mexican folklore accompanied by a Mariachi.

Plácido Domingo received a warm and emotional standing ovation from the 21,500 attendees to this memorable concert, which is part of the Cultural Festival Revueltas 2018, which began on September 18 and will end on October 28 next.

The Government of the State of Durango gave away 18,000 tickets and arranged for the sale of 3,500 more that sold out as soon as Plácido Domingo performance was announced.

Plácido Domingo was accompanied by Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón Cruz, with whom he performed songs such as “Duo de amigos”, “La donna E mobile” and “Feliz morada”.

With the Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez he shared the microphone with the theme of “Dite Alla giovine”, from the opera La Traviatta, while with the orchestra of the Juarez University of the State of Durango (UJED) he sang the piece “Conga del fuego nuevo”.

The most emotional moment of the concert was when he introduced his son of the same name, with whom he sang some of his most classic songs such as “Amor, vida de mi vida”, “Sabor a mi” and “Adoro”, the latter by the Mexican composer Armando Manzanero

“My dad was called Plácido Domingo and he used to say: “My name is Plácido Domingo and I introduce you to my son, who is called Plácido Domingo. Today I do the same thing here” the tenor told those present at the concert.

At the end of the concert the Mexican mariachi came out to play themes of Mexican music, some of the composer José Alfredo Jiménez, as “Paloma Querida” and “I got tired of begging” (Me cansé de rogarte).

The last time the artist appeared in the state of Durango was in 2010 during the celebrations of the Durango National Fair (Fenadu).

The Revueltas Festival is the most important in Durango and commemorates the lineage of the Revuelta family, formed by five Mexican artists: José, writer; Silvestre, musician; Fermín and Consuelo, painters, and Rosaura, actress and dancer.

Hours before the concert Placido Domingo met with AMLO in Durango (Photo: El Universal)

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