The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, appointed world-famous tenor and conductor Placido Domingo as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at last night’s Education For All event.
Placido Domingo’s appointment comes in recognition for his “exceptional artistic career, his inestimable support for young opera musicians through the Operalia competition, and his dedication to the values and ideals of UNESCO.”
During the event, Placido Domingo presented winners of his Operalia competition and musicians involved in his development programme at the Washington Opera. Sopranos Micaëla Oeste and Angel Blue performed jazz, Broadway and opera favourites with pianist Timothy End. UNESCO Artist for Peace Ino Mirkovic, violin, and Ksenia Kogan; piano, also performed on this occasion.
Proceeds from a charity dinner held at UNESCO on the same evening will go to UNESCO’s Education for All Programme and the newly launched Placido Domingo Festival (Seville, Spain) of which UNESCO is an official partner. The public is also invited to make donations to the programme and festival.
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of personalities who have generously agreed to use their talent and status to help focus the world’s attention on the work of the Organization in education, science, culture and communication. Other UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors include Herbie Hancock, Nelson Mandela and Forest Whitaker.