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Placido Domingo teaming up with Woody Allen for L.A. Opera's new season / Los Angeles Times

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Placido Domingo will star in a return to the Los Angeles Opera in Woody Allen's first opera production, Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," Allen first staged "Gianni Schicchi" with the Opera in 2008, adapting Puccini's work based on a side character in Dante's "Inferno" and transplanting the story to a more modern era with allusions to Italian cinema and a fast-paced comic style reminiscent of the director's films. The British baritone Thomas Allen -- no relation to the director -- performed in the title role in 2008. Domingo will star in the latest staging which opens as the season debut on September 12.

The Spanish tenor, one of the world's most identifiable opera singers, is also performing in a production of Allen's "Gianni Schicchi" starting on June 30 at Madrid's Teatro Real. The announcement came as the Los Angeles Opera unveiled its 2015-16 season, which marks the 30th anniversary of the company in its current version.

Domingo's latest Sony Classical CD - Encanto del Mar is a delightful collection of Mediterranean songs presenting Plácido Domingo as we've never heard him before.  READ THE FULL Los Angeles Times ARTICLE