Placido Domingo Triumphantly Returns to San Antonio
Superstar Tenor Wows City
By Ellie Leeper
Placido Domingo returned to Texas for the first time since 2007 with his concert Con amor a San Antonio. Sponsored by the San Antonio Opera, this year’s concert was even more exciting than the last. Mark Richter, founder and artistic director of the San Antonio Opera was thrilled to have Placido return. “A event like this these days is very rare,” says Richter. “We join the ranks of the greatest cities around the world who have housed Placido Domingo.”
Domingo serenaded his audience in what appeared to be an effortless fashion, with arias from both his Spanish and Mexican repertoires that were performed with Soprano Ana Maria Martinez, Classical Spanish Dancer Nuria Pomares, and Conductor Eugene Kohn. With pieces such as “Si, vendetta!” from Verdi’s Rigoletto and “O, Souverain” from Massenet’s Le Cid, Placido Domingo and Ana Maria Martinez captivated spectators with each note. Nuria Pomares displayed excellent flamenco technique, owning the stage with her presence—her twists, her turns, and her accurate footwork captured the audience’s favor during the transitional numbers between the maestro’s musical sets.
“Bravo! Encore! Mas!” were the cheers as Domingo again surpassed high expectations. The audience leaped to their feet to give the Maestro a dozen standing ovations before he sang a vigorous encore that resonated personally with patrons—puro mariachi music. Clever Domingo entered the stage dressed in full vibrant mariachi costume, followed by an orchestra of several enthusiastic matching mariachis. The songs were lively, exciting and extremely familiar, with Texan and Mexican favorites such as “La Negra” and “Granada.” Echoes of the cheering were heard from of the AT&T Center and after the encore performance, business sponsors of the concert were transported downtown by the San Antonio Opera to a post performance supper honoring Domingo at the downtown Grand Hyatt.