Placido Domingo
Photo: Sheila Rock

Plácido Domingo who made his New York debut in 1965 as Pinkerton in Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the now closed City Opera will sing at a benefit concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of the company’s founding. Domingo has agreed to join other veterans of the troupe, its orchestra and its chorus, at a concert, ’70 Years of the People’s Opera,’ on Feb. 21 at City Center. The nickname ‘People’s Opera’ came from NY Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, who was one of the instigators of the company whose first performance – Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ – took place at City Center on the same date in 1944.

The concert will benefit the New York City Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund. New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy last year.

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