Plácido Domingo Noche Española
An evening that celebrates Spanish culture and music, ‘Plácido Domingo Noche Española’ features the renowned operatic actor, conductor and singer performing a special selection of songs and scenes. This enchanting evening of entertainment takes place at the Arena di Verona, the impressive Roman amphitheatre that has stood in the centre of the city since the first century. This musical experience, which includes a host of other performers, also includes a little train ride tour around many of Verona's most important historical sites. The tour can be combined with the concert on the day of the performance or one day either side of it according to your preference.
Perhaps requiring no further introduction, Plácido Domingo is one of the foremost tenor voices of his generation. Also capable of singing baritone parts, Domingo has performed at Verona's ancient Arena regularly since he made his debut there in 1969. Born in Madrid, the singer has enjoyed a remarkable career both as a recording artist and as an opera star. He has taken to the stage in a diverse array of roles all over the world with in excess of 4,000 live performances behind him.
The ‘Noche Española’, or Spanish Night, is a concert that will see Domingo in something of an ambassadorial role. The great singer has been promoting Zarzuela throughout his life and is an advocate for it being recognised for World Heritage status by UNESCO. Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric genre that blends spoken word scenes with song. Following Domingo's sold-out gala event at the Verona Arena in 2017 in which he performed an anthology of Zarzuela pieces, the Noche Española concert picks up from where it left off and will highlight more of this particularly Spanish contribution to music culture. Domingo himself has stated that audiences all over the world are eternally touched by the joy and passion of Zarzuela when they experience it.
This exceptional musical treat is combined with a trenino – or little train tour – of Verona. Running every half an hour or so and taking about 25 minutes to complete, the tour starts and finishes at Piazza Brà, ideally located for the Arena which is on its eastern side. With a multi-lingual commentary including English, the trenino tour covers both banks of the Adige River passing by many of Verona's most memorable locations, such as Castell San Pietro, the city's 11th-century Duomo and Piazza delle Erbe, the main square of the medieval city, to name just three highlights. This informative and fun little train tour, when combined with such a thrilling cultural experience performed by one of the world's foremost male singers, is sure to delight and enlighten in equal measure.