A High Note with Placido Domingo: Two Operas, One Extraordinary Evening

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GLENDALE — Haigazian University is celebrating its 60th anniversary on October 3 with a black-tie gala fundraiser and a performance by Grammy award-winning tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo in the title role of Woody Allen’s production of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.” The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles will play host to the evening’s celebration which will be co-chaired by Harry Nadjarian and Tina Segel.

Speaking of the upcoming celebration, Domingo expressed words of welcome and nostalgia. “My mother, who was a wonderful singer, studied with an Armenian vocal teacher, so I have had a lifelong admiration for the Armenian community’s rich tradition of music and performing arts. I am proud to welcome you to [the] LA Opera and I look forward to a wonderful celebration with you in our home.”

The evening will begin with a champagne and Lebanese mezze pre-reception for Haigazian guests, followed by two stunning performances by the incomparable Domingo — first, on stage, to sing the title role in Woody Allen’s production of the near-century old opera, “Gianni Schicchi” after which he will take to the podium and conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.”

Following the performances, the evening will continue in the Grand Hall where guests will dine and mingle.

Honorary Committee members include Gov. George Deukmejian, Baroness Caroline Cox, Vartan Grigorian and Joyce Philibosian Stein. More special guests will be announced.

Haigazian University may be half a world away in Beirut, Lebanon, but its influence and purpose is felt globally. With many of its founding roots planted in the United States, the University has been preserving Armenian culture and preparing future educators in the Diaspora for nearly 60 years. This upcoming Anniversary is a celebration of both the School and all for which it stands.

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