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Domingo taking L.A. Opera stage

Tenor to sing with Russia's Kirov Orchestra

Placido Domingo, who takes over as artistic director of the Los Angeles Opera on July 1, will sing three concerts with the Kirov Orchestra of Saint Petersburg at the beginning of the L.A. Opera’s 2000-2001 season.

The company will stage eight performances between September and June, including their first productions of “Aida”; Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”; Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” which will run in repertory with “Aida”; and Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” “Aida” opens the year Sept. 6 and will feature Domingo conducting four of the nine perfs.

Domingo’s concerts, which are not part of the subscription series, will be held Sept. 10, 13 and 15 and will feature Wagner’s “Die Walkure” and “Parsifal.”

Film director John Schlesinger (“Midnight Cowboy,” upcoming “The Next Best Thing”) will direct a co-production, with Italy’s La Scala, of “Peter Grimes” in October. Peter Halls’ acclaimed version of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” will hit the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage in January and “Tosca” will close the year with Richard Leech and Catherine Malfitano in the lead roles.

Other productions in the series are “La Boheme” in November and Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” in April. Much of the planning for the coming season was handled by retiring general director Peter Hennings.

Performing lead roles are Deborah Voigt and Johan Botha in “Aida”; Jennifer Larmore and Kurt Streit, “La Cenerentola”; Philip Langridge and Nancy Gustafson, “Peter Grimes”; David Daniels and Elizabeth Futral, “Giulio Cesare”; Leontina Vaduva and Aquiles Machado, “La Boheme”; Richard Bernstein and Maria Bayo, “Le Nozze di Figaro”; and Simone Alaimo and Ruth Ann Swenson, “Don Pasquale.”

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