The Los Angeles Opera Extends Domingo’s Contract as General Director

Call it a case of ‘tenor tenure’ for Placido Domingo

The 73-year-old Spanish tenor and conductor’s contract as general director of the Los Angeles Opera has been extended through the 2018-19 season.

Placido Domingo

Domingo became an artistic consultant to the company in 1984 and was artistic director from 2001-03 before accepting his current role as general director. His previous contract was announced in September 2010 as a deal running through 2013 that would renew automatically by mutual consent.

Domingo, who will be the closing at this year’s iTunes Festival in London, sings the baritone part of Giorgio Germont in Verdi‘s La Traviata this month, his 26th role with the company.

The L.A. Opera’s board of directors announced the extension Friday, when it also extended the deal of chief executive officer Christopher Koelsch through June 2018 and promoted John Nuckols to executive vice president with a contract through June 2018.

Music director James Conlon’s deal previously was extended through June 2018.

Domingo to Perform at This Year’s iTunes Festival in London

Placido Domingo is officially the closer…

The 73-year-old Spanish tenor and conductor has been announced as the closing act at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Placido Domingo

Domingo, known for his versatile and strong voice, will perform September 30 at the Roundhouse – the last performance of a month-long, starry line-up, festival organizers announced.

Deadmau5 kicks off the concerts on Monday night, followed by headline sets from pop names like Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, The Script and Ed Sheeran.

Kylie Minogue, Kasabian, Mary J. Blige, Blondie, Maroon 5 and Robert Plant are also playing the festival.

The organizers quoted Domingo as saying he was thrilled to appear and for “the recognition that this brings to the unique and magnificent world of opera and of classical music.”

One of The Three Tenors, he has sung 144 different roles as of the end of 2013. Domingo has more recently taken on conducting opera and concert performances, and is the general director of the Los Angeles Opera in California.

Tickets are for competition winners, but gigs can be streamed live in more than 100 countries or watched on-demand.