It's not every day that an opera singer can look back on a career spanning a half century, much less perform for the occasion. But Plácido Domingo is certainly no ordinary artist, and the celebrated tenor (and now, baritone as well as conductor) will prove it once again with a very special event at the Vienna State Opera on 19 May, available live to EBU Radio Members.
This Friday's broadcast will be exactly 50 years to the day after Domingo's debut in that house in the title role of "Don Carlo". The programme consists of excerpts from Verdi operas, performed in concert by the outstanding singer and a host of other talented artists. Listeners will hear, for instance, the first part of Act II of "La Traviata" with Domingo as Germont and the rising young star Sonya Yoncheva as Violetta, and Act III of "Simon Boccanegra" with Domingo in the title role of the doomed Doge of Genoa.
The programme will conclude with remarks by Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna State Opera.