Marta Domingo returns to LA Opera for her wildly successful Art Deco production of La Traviata, which has also been presented by San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera and the Dallas Opera.
After a successful career as a leading soprano, Marta Domingo, née Marta Ornelas, retired from the stage to raise the Plácido Domingo family. Once their sons had grown up, she turned her attention to stagecraft, a subject that had always fascinated her. Her directing debut took place in 1991 with Samson et Dalila for CulturArte at the Teatro de la Opera in Puerto Rico. She subsequently directed Tosca for Seville’s La Maestranza Theater and The Barber of Seville in Puerto Rico.
Her acclaimed production of La Rondine has been presented by the Bonn Opera, Washington National Opera, Warsaw Opera and LA Opera, and it was televised internationally. She directed the casts in an inherited Rigoletto production in both Los Angeles and Washington. She has directed two different productions of La Traviata; the earlier traditional staging has been seen in Liège, Washington, Los Angeles, St. Etienne as well as in 2019 at the Royal Opera House Muscat. Her production of Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly at the Washington National Opera gave the work its American stage premiere and later served for her Metropolitan Opera directorial debut. She also directed Sly in Tokyo (for the Washington National Opera’s tour of Japan) and in Rome. Her production of The Tales of Hoffmann, created for the Kirov Opera in St. Petersburg, has been seen in Washington and Los Angeles.