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Placido Domingo to perform at festival in Miaoli County

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Placido Domingo, one of “The Three Tenors,” will perform at the March 19 to March 21 Miaoli International Music Festival, county officials said yesterday.

Following early successes on the operatic stage, Domingo became a central figure in a new era of tenors — along with Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti.

The three singers reinvented the classical music scene in 1990 when they appeared together for the first time at the soccer World Cup opening ceremony as “The Three Tenors,” capturing praise from millions of viewers worldwide.

Domingo is expected to perform on March 21 at the third concert of the Miaoli music festival, the Miaoli county government said.

Brian McKnight, a multiple music award winner, and Maksim, a popular Croatian pianist, are also scheduled to perform at the festival that will “cater to all age groups,” county officials said.

The Brian McKnight concert will be free, while tickets to the Maksim and Domingo concerts will be sold separately, with package deals, but exact prices have yet to be decided.

Encouraged by the success of Jose Carreras’ concert in the county last year, the officials decided to invite another tenor in the same league to perform at the international music festival, the first of its kind to be held in Miaoli County.

The organizer of the Carreras concert last November gave out 40,000 free tickets, but more than 50,000 people showed up on performance night, which helped to boost the county’s revenues.

Carreras thrilled the packed audience in the kind of show rarely seen in the predominantly agricultural county.

The county government spent NT$20 million (US$597,000) to organize the Carreras concert.

The free tickets to the Carreras concert were a treat to Miaoli residents, paid for from a NT$100 million prize that the administration won from the central government in an investment inducement competition.

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