Plácido Domingo: Masterclass & Presentation of the UCLA Medal

Sunday, November 12, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Schoenberg Music Building - Schoenberg Hall

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Free admission but registration by October 17 is required.




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Plácido Domingo, the internationally renowned opera singer, conductor, National Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and winner of 12 Grammy awards, will receive the UCLA Medal, the campus’ highest honor, on November 12 during a medal ceremony and masterclass at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. 

“Plácido Domingo’s contributions to the world of opera as a singer, conductor, administrator and educator are unparalleled,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who will present the award. “He has been a powerful champion for the arts in Los Angeles for five decades, and his exceptional commitment to arts education embodies UCLA’s highest ideals.” 

“Music has been my life and it gives me indescribable joy to share it with others,” Domingo said. “More than anything else, watching music inspire young people brings me so much fulfillment. I am passionate about nurturing talent and giving opportunities to promising young performers, and if I could only hope to give back half of what music has given me, I would be filled with gratitude.” 

Domingo’s gifts as an educator have had a profound impact on young singers across the globe, including at UCLA. In 1994, he was an adjunct professor in UCLA’s department of music, leading choral and orchestral master classes. Among the students he inspired was Angel Blue, who earned a master of music degree from UCLA in 2008, and who has since graced many of the great European concert halls. Blue, who debuts as Mimì in “La Bohème” at the Metropolitan Opera in October, also participated in the Domingo–Colburn–Stein program from 2007 to 2009.

“Domingo’s remarkable passion for mentoring young artists and his dedication to enabling singers to realize their full potential is invaluable to the future of opera,” said Judith Smith, dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. “His commitment to young singers and musicians throughout the world is extraordinary.” 

The UCLA Medal ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on November 12 in UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall (map). It will be followed immediately by a 45-minute master class with the maestro, two students from UCLA’s voice and opera program and two singers from the Domingo–Colburn–Stein program.

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