On 14 November 2016, mdw Rector Ulrike Sych was pleased to welcome a very special guest to the mdw. In a formal ceremony at the mdw’s Joseph Haydn-Saal and in the presence of numerous guests, honorary membership in our institution was conferred upon star tenor Plácido Domingo for his universality as an artist who has set international standards not just as a singer, but also as a conductor, impresario, mentor, and founder of his own singing competition.
Sych thanked him for his tireless work for the benefit of society, “especially for your efforts to develop the talents of young singers and promote the revival of unknown compositions.” Peter Edelmann, head of the mdw’s Department of Voice and Music Theatre, commended Domingo’s operatic achievements, in particular: “Like no other singer, Plácido Domingo has characterised our city’s operatic life over the nearly 50 years since his debut here. And his art has inspired countless young singers to sing professionally.”
Just such young singers, students of the mdw, also provided the accompanying programme, presenting their skills and talents in excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Plácido Domingo was visibly touched to receive such an honour from the mdw, and it was with no small wonderment that he stated: “Just seven notes make the world of music so simple and at the same time so marvellous, so complex, and so magical.”
Would you like to watch the entire ceremony? You can do so at the mdwMediathek: