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11 July 201817:32

Placido Domingo: I'm proud to be in Russia at this time

Placido Domingo: I'm proud to be in Russia at this time
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The greatest tenor of all time Placido Domingo came to St. Petersburg to take part in the White Nights Festival
He appeared on the stage of Mariinsky-2 twice: first in the role of Georges Germont in the opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, which Valery Gergiev conducted. And the next day Domingo himself stood behind the console of the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater. Petersburgers admired Richard Wagner's most complicated opera, Valkyrie.

The audience met the legend with a standing ovation. After the speech Placido Domingo answered the questions of our correspondent Ekaterina Nadolskaya.

- Placido, what are you feeling?

- I'm really very happy to be here at this time! It's a great honor to be in Petersburg. Especially on the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theater. For me it's the first time, a kind of inauguration (laughs). Previously, I was only on the main stage.

- And what can you say about St. Petersburg public?

- You know, it's phenomenal! Here, at the Mariinsky Theater, everything is somehow exceptional, extraordinary. Even the company on the stage with which I speak, it, let's say, is not ordinary. I am generally amazed that here on the stage there are not only the great performers with the strongest voices, but there are also wonderful actors and wonderful musicians. I'm extremely happy to be with Valery Gergiev, in his company, to work with him. The Mariinsky Theater is known all over the world. And I will not stop repeating that I am very proud to sing on this stage, to be in this the most beautiful city in the world, to be close to Petersburgers during this great time. This is the happiness, isn't it?

Let's remind, Placido Domingo came to Russia in the midst of the World Cup. We hope that the genius of the classics will have time to enjoy an unforgettable Petersburg football atmosphere and will come again.
Elena Winter Translated by Elena Winter

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