Plácido Domingo Withdraws from Opéra de Monte-Carlo’s ‘La Traviata”

New concert to feature Domingo scheduled for April 21, 2023

By Chris Ruel

PlácidoDomingo has withdrawn from Opéra de Monte-Carlo’s production of “La Traviata” scheduled for March 17-23, 2023.

Domingo was scheduled to return to Monte Carlo, performing the role Giorgio Germont.

In a press release put out by Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Domingo stated, “Unfortunately, it is with great sadness that for very personal reasons of a family nature I have to withdraw from this engagement. I thank you for your kind understanding.”

Opéra de Monte-Carlo’s director, Cecilia Bartoli  announced the creation of “an extraordinary concert for you [the audience], thus mitigating the disappointment of his absence in March.”

The withdrawal comes as Bartoli begins her tenure as the opera company’s director, having assumed the job Jan. 1, 2023.

“The world of opera is full of unforeseen events, this is our difficulty, but also the chance to remain open for new opportunities. Plácido Domingo – by cancelling his participation in “La Traviata” – gives us a chance to show our enthusiasm and our capacity for improvisation!” Bartoli said in an official press release.

The Apr. 21, 2023 concert will feature Domingo, Bartoli, Rebeca Olvera, Ildar Abdrazakov, Nicola Alaimo, Alessandro Corbelli and Edgardo Rocha. Gianluca Capuano will conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.

Bartoli thanked the artitsts who will be joining with Domingo, stating, “I would like to warmly thank the artists who will accompany Plácido for their spontaneous and cheerful acceptance.”