The Washington Opera has unveiled an ambitious 1986-87 season highlighted by the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's new opera, "Goya," with Placido Domingo in the title role.
Menotti will celebrate his 75th birthday with "Goya," which he is writing for Domingo.
Menotti told reporters his opera will not be the life of the Spanish painter, but "my poetic impression of the man."
The score at the moment "is like Swiss cheese, lots of holes in it," said the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. But he will take a cassette of the completed first act and part of the second act to Domingo in Rome so the tenor can begin work on it.
Domingo said he had encouraged Menotti to compose an opera about Goya because he "has always had my admiration as an artist, but also as a great Spanish patriot.
The $1-million production will be sung in English at the Kennedy Center in November. A European performance is in the planning stages.