In Washington, D.C., there is a permanent presence of politicans from all over the world, but they are not alone. In recent years, at least three worlds have been represented at the Washington Opera. First, American culture, as the opera house is located in the capital of the United States. Second, the culture of Latin America, since Placido Domingo became artistic director two years ago. He brings both Latin American repertory and famous Latin American artists to Washington. Last but not least, the opera world of Germany is represented, as Heinz Fricke is the music director. The former chief conductor at the Berlin State Opera specializes in opera by Wagner, Richard Strauss and other German composers, and he regularly invites German singers to Washington. However, since Domingo arrived, most of the public interest has been directed at the star tenor. Yet, the coming season will bring a stronger presence for the German music director, as Georg Hirsch reports.
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