SAO PAULO (AP) — Placido Domingo is scheduled to sing ahead of a World Cup final for the sixth time, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press Wednesday.
The 73-year-old plans to announce Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.
The concert, on the eve of the final at Maracana Stadium, also is scheduled to feature pianist Lang Lang, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, conductor Eugene Kohn and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira.
Domingo has attended every World Cup since 1974 and sang the 1982 theme song in Spain, "El Mundial."
He joined Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras at the Rome's Baths of Caracalla in 1990 to form The Three Tenors. They returned in 1994 at Los Angele's Dodger Stadium, in 1998 at Paris' Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower and in 2002 at Japan's Yokohama Arena.
Pavarotti retired from staged opera two years later and sang publicly for the last time at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Ahead of the 2006 World Cup final, Domingo was joined by soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazon for a concert at Berlin's Waldbuehne.
Domingo didn't have a concert ahead of the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg; he was in the midst of a run of Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra" at The Royal Opera in London. But he traveled to South Africa for the final between performances and celebrated with players from his native Spain after it beat the Netherlands 1-0 for its first world title.
He remains active on opera stages, increasingly in baritone rather than tenor roles, and has been general director of the Los Angeles Opera since 2003.