Bruno Mars’ recent presentation in Santo Domingo’s “Festival Presidente 2014” has turned the Dominican Republic into an important stage for international artists.
The Festival, sponsored by the Presidente brewery, the largest in the Caribbean, presented some of Latin America’s most famous artists, such as the Mexican pop group Maná, and famed Puerto Rican singer and “salsa” great Gilberto Santa Rosa, as well as other popular national and international performers.
Actor/singer-songwriter Bruno Mars rocked the more than 60,000 that attended Santo Domingo’s Olympic Stadium to attend three days of world-class music. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the artist impressed the 60 thousand people who swept the Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo.
In the last few years other international artists such as Americans Beyoncé and Britney Spears, Mexican ballad singer Cristian Castro, Spaniards Alejandro Sanz and Enrique Iglesias, and Juanes, one of Colombia’s most popular singer.
Other performers that in the past few years have brought their international tours to the country: Ricardo Montaner (Venezuela); Joaquín Sabina (Spain); Armando Manzanero (Spain) and Francisco Céspedes (Cuba); Pitbull (U.S.), pop group Moenia (Mexico), rap singer Ivy Queen (Puerto Rico), Alberto Cortez (Argentina), the National Ballet of Spain and Argentinian pianist Raul Di Blasio.
Also: Sting, Duran Duran, Julio Iglesias, Kenny G., Andrea Bocelli, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Richard Bona (Cameroon), Laura Pausini and Mexican superstar Luis Miguel.
The Dominican Republic has also hosted important concerts in various venues around the country, such as in the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater, in La Romana, on the country’s eastern region; the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana; the Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago, the country’s second largest city, and the Olympic Center and the National Theatre in Santo Domingo.
Various opera productions have also been performed in the country, such as “La Bohème”, featuring world-famous soprano Cynthia Lawrence (Mimi), a figure of world renown who has performed in some of the world’s most important opera stages such as the Metropolitan Opera House, the Chicago Opera, and the Deutsche Staatsoper, in Berlin.