It's hard to believe, but the first day of spring, March 20, is nearly here. We have already sprung an hour ahead and we are now thankfully into daylight saving time. I love having the sun shine later into the evening.
An afternoon performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, “Simon Boccanegra,” conducted by James Conlon, with the title role sung by Placido Domingo, was an exciting beginning to the 14th annual Placido Domingo Awards Dinner that was held in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
The event, presented by Hispanics for LAOpera, was a grand affair. Ed and Alicia Clark were front-and-center as the events of the evening unfolded. Ed, who is chair of the Hispanics for LAOpera steering committee, welcomed the guests. Alicia, who founded Hispanics for LAOpera, stepped to the podium to introduce Domingo.
Domingo first introduced the cast of the opera, who were performing in what was a first production of Verdi's opera here in Los Angeles. Domingo then introduced the honorees: Chilean writer, educator, and diplomat Antonio Skarmeta and community leaders Nicandro and Betty Juarez, who are also members of the Hispanics for LAOpera board of advisors.