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L.A. Opera holding Twitter contest to honor Placido Domingo

By David Ng

8:00 AM PDT, August 29, 2012

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Plácido Domingo will create his 140th operatic role when he debuts next month in Verdi's "The Two Foscari" at Los Angeles Opera. To note the occasion, the company is hosting a Twitter contest in which it will give away a performance package that includes two orchestra tickets.

L.A. Opera is asking contestants to tweet a description of an operatic character that Domingo has played using 140 characters or less. Entries must include the hashtag #PD140. 

The winning contestant, decided by L.A. Opera, will win two orchestra tickets for opening night, a pair of backstage passes to meet the cast and a pair of tickets for the opening-night party. Tweets made by midnight Sept. 2 will be considered for the contest and the winner will be announced Sept. 5.

Verdi's "The Two Foscari" is scheduled to begin performances on Sept. 15 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  The new staging by director Thaddeus Strassberger is a co-production with the Palau de la Música in Valencia, Spain; the Theater an der Wien in Vienna; and London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

James Conlon, L.A. Opera's music director, will conduct the production. Domingo plays a 15th century Venetian nobleman who is attempting to save his son, who is being accused of bribery and corruption.

Domingo, who turned 71 this year, serves as the general director of L.A. Opera. 

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