September 18, 2014
Plácido Domingo to sing before the final
SAO PAULO — Plácido Domingo will sing before a World Cup final for the sixth time. It was announced yesterday that he will perform at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena on July 11.
The concert featuring the 73-year-old classical music star will take place on the eve of the final at Maracaná Stadium. The show is also scheduled to include pianist Lang Lang, soprano Ana María Martínez, conductor Eugene Kohn and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira.
Domingo has attended every World Cup since 1974 and sang the 1982 theme song in Spain, El Mundial.
He joined Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras at Rome’s Baths of Caracalla in 1990 to form The Three Tenors. They returned in 1994 at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, in 1998 at Paris’ Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower and in 2002 at Japan’s Yokohama Arena.
Pavarotti retired from staged opera two years later and sang publicly for the last time at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Before the 2006 World Cup final, Domingo was joined by soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazon for a concert at Berlin’s Waldbuehne.
Domingo hadn’t given a concert before the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg; he was in the middle of a run of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at The Royal Opera in London. But he travelled to South Africa for the final between performances and celebrated with players from his native Spain after it beat the Netherlands 1-0 for its first world title.
He remains active on opera stages, increasingly in baritone rather than tenor roles, and has been general director of the Los Angeles Opera since 2003.
Finally, J.LO says ‘yes’. Not so fast: after lots of comings and goings J.Lo is performing at the World Cup opening ceremony today in Sao Paulo, before Brazil takes on Croatia in the first game of the tournament.
“I’m coming. I leave tonight. We always were going,” she said to AP on Tuesday evening. “I think people get anxious, especially with me and my schedule when I’m like, ‘Ah, OK, I can leave this day, that day, I don’t know if we can make it.”’
“People get nervous and I think it was a little bit premature to announce anything,”the 44-year-old singer said.
FIFA officials announced earlier this week that the singer wouldn’t perform the official tune We Are One (Ole Ola) alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte.
Lopez said the World Cup song was orchestrated by Pitbull, who invited her to join in on the track.
“I can’t take credit for this. This was one of Pitbull’s call-ins,” said Lopez, who has collaborated with the rapper on the hits On the Floor and Dance Again.
“He had this record and he’s like, ‘I think this record could be great for the World Cup,” she recalled. “He’s like, ‘Will you do it with me?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, of course.”’
Herald with AP