Lithuania in the News
24th February 2019
|Lithuania’s Independence Day Celebrated with a Special Concert by Plácido Domingo, the World-famous Opera Tenor|
President Dalia Grybauskaitė (centre) meeting Plácido Domingo (left)
and Violeta Urmana (right). Photo courtesy lrp.lt/Robertas Dačkus
This happy event eventuated a week ago on Saturday, February 16, on the 101th anniversary of the reestablishment of Lithuania’s Independence. This superb concert took place in the Kaunas Žalgiris Arena to a capacity audience. Performing together with Plácido Domingo and Violeta Urmana was the opera star Ana María Martínez and Spanish conductor Jordi Bernáce, with the Lithuanian State Orchestra.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė also meeting Jordi Bernáce (left)
and Ana María Martínez. Photo courtesy lrp.lt/Robertas Dačkus
With more than 3900 career performances to his credit, Plácido Domingo is not only renowned as one of the world finest opera tenors, but is also a conductor of operas and symphonic concerts and a patron of young talents.
The President noted that “Plácido Domingo’s concert promoted Lithuania as a country of deep-rooted opera traditions and passionate opera lovers”. Lithuania has indeed a long history of opera appreciation, with one of the first operas in Europe staged in Vilnius in the 17th century.