15 November 2012 at 12.35pm | Comment on this article
With the aim of spreading UNESCO's ideals through the advocacy of the two singers, Goodwill Ambassadors are an "outstanding group of personalities" who use their talent and status to help focus the world's attention on the work of the UN in education, science, culture and communication.
Plácido has been appointed in recognition of an exceptional artistic career and his support for young musicians through the Operalia competition while Juan Diego is given the position in recognition of his work on social inclusion and education, particularly in his native Peru. The artists will take up their positions after ceremonies at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris this month.
Upcoming performances with The Royal Opera by the newly appointed Ambassadors include Nabucco, in which Plácido will perform the titular role for select performances; and La donna del lago, which will see Juan Diego perform the role of Uberto. Both are new productions with the latter to be broadcast into cinemas on 27 May 2013 as part of the Royal Opera House Cinema Season.