Plácido Domingo to Conduct Wagner Opera At Bayreuth in 2018

By David Salazar

Plácido Domingo’s conducting ambitions are expanding next season the legendary opera star conducts a full Wagner opera for the first time in his career in the composer’s own sanctuary.

That’s right, Domingo is leading a Wagner opera in Bayreuth during the summer of 2018. The work of choice? “Die Walküre,” an opera he has performed previously in his career.

In fact, the role of Siegmund remains his most beloved Wagner interpretation, followed by his take on “Lohengrin” and “Parsifal.” Domingo has recorded other Wagner staples including“Tristan und Isolde,” “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” and “Tannhäuser.”

The news was reported by NY Times Classical Music Editor Zachary Woolfe, via Twitter. “The center cannot hold: Placido will conduct (3 peformances of Walkuere) at Bayreuth next year,” wrote Woolf.

Domingo, of course, has been conducting and performing extensively and his conducting debut in the second opera in Wagner’s famed Ring will come after he has sung his first-ever Miller in “Luisa Miller” at the Metropolitan Opera and conducts “Tosca” at the Royal Opera House.