Photo: Placido Domingo
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo said the Giuseppe Verdi opera “Nabucco,” in which he plays the titular character, was the best choice for showing China real “authenticity,” since that is the value its composer was looking for.
“Particularly for an audience that has not seen many operas, it’s best to go with the traditional,” Domingo told a press conference after singing Friday with overwhelming success at the National Center for the Performing Arts, popularly known as “The Giant Egg.”
The tenor, performing for the second time this year in Beijing after his debut on May 22, was certain the Chinese audience “enjoyed the story of ‘Nabucco.’”
“Perhaps in 30 years,” he said, “a more minimalist work can be offered, but this is the way opera should be presented in China now.”
Singing “Nabucco” in the egg-shaped architectural wonder beside Tiananmen Square, the Spanish tenor made one of his previously unfulfilled dreams come true in the Asian nation when he appeared onstage in China for the first time in 27 years, he told Efe.
“This has been an incredible journey for me. The first time I sang Zarzuela, then I came to support China’s candidacy for the Olympic Games, I sang at the Shanghai Expo…but I never sang here in an opera,” Domingo said.
Friday’s presentation of “Nabucco” was the seventh since he debuted the Verdi opera in London, to great popular and critical acclaim, though he noted that “every performance is different.”
“I can’t tell you how happy I am. Singing opera for the Chinese is something completely new to me,” he said.