Domingo cancels appearance in FGO “Luisa” performance

By Lawrence A. Johnson


Placido Domingo canceled his appearance in Tuesday night’s Florida Grand Opera gala performance of Luisa Fernanda.

In a press release sent out Tuesday two hours before the curtain, Florida Grand Opera stated that “due to a serious infection that has disabled his vocal chords,” the Spanish tenor has withdrawn from tonight’s highly publicized gala performance of Luisa Fernanda.

The release states that the 70-year-old Spanish tenor has “graciously offered to be on the podium” and conduct Tuesday’s performance as well as attend the post-performance gala as scheduled.

In a pre-performance curtain speech at the Ziff Ballet Opera House, Domingo addressed the audience and promised to return at a future date to fulfill his Miami commitment.

Angel Odena sang the role of Vidal Hernandez Tuesday, as the baritone did on opening night and is scheduled to do for the rest of the run.

The company has been heavily publicizing Domingo’s appearance at the gala event for months. No information has yet been released by FGO about possible refunds or exchanges for the gala tickets and party.


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4 Responses to “Domingo cancels appearance in FGO “Luisa” performance”

  1. Posted Nov 16, 2011 at 8:18 am by Monica Botero

    Anyone can get sick, but where is our money? No refund was offered, they just gave us a different ticket and too bad for you.
    Will you pay for a Masserati and drive a chevrolet?

  2. Posted Nov 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm by D

    The audience was surprisingly gracious. They booed the initial announcement of course, but applauded when Domingo said he’d conduct. And then at the end, they gave a standing ovation to the baritone, which I was very relieved to see. I was sad that we didn’t get to sing with him, but all the same it was nice to be conducted by him. I did wonder how the gala went.

  3. Posted Nov 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm by Lilia Fernandez

    Terrible I have paid top dollar to see Placido Domingo
    I would of appreciated where I can get my money back. I am in my 80’s and spent good money. The audience ( at least near me) booed because they have been taken for a ride !
    Shame shame …never again

  4. Posted Nov 25, 2011 at 10:36 am by Fraco Bastiano

    Stop singing Placido, we were used to a good tenor, stop singing baritone because you are none, stop conductig because your abilities there are far from what it they were with you singing… meanwhile I think you are just greedy. maybe you want to spend some time with your grandchildren. Anyway we want an adequate performance for our money no hailing legends which are gone!!!

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