Biography

Placido Domingo

Current as of August 2019

Plácido Domingo is a singer, conductor and administrator. He has sung 150 different roles, more than any other singer in the annals of music, with more than 3,900 performances in the course of his career. He has sung in every important opera house and made an unparalleled number of recordings, including more than 100 complete operas, as well as compilations of arias and duets and crossover discs. Of these, twelve have earned him Grammy Awards, including three Latin Grammy Awards. He has also appeared in more than fifty music videos and won two Emmy Awards for them. He has taken part in three feature films of operas — Carmen, La traviata and Otello — and his telecast of Tosca from the authentic settings in Rome was seen by more than one thousand million people in 117 countries. He has also conducted more than 500 opera performances and symphony concerts. In 1993 he founded the international voice competition, Operalia.

In recent seasons Plácido Domingo has celebrated his 40th anniversaries at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Arena di Verona and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In July 2015 a gala concert marked the 40th anniversary of his first appearances at the Salzburg Festival, and in May 2017 he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first appearances at both the Vienna and Berlin State Operas.

In 2009 Plácido Domingo added the baritone role of Simon Boccanegra to his repertoire, later appearing in the part at the Met, La Scala, Covent Garden and in Madrid, Berlin and Los Angeles. In 2010 he added Rigoletto, initially at a concert per-formance in Beijing, later in a production broadcast by Italian television from Mantua, the opera’s original setting. At the Los Angeles Opera, where he is the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, he sang the role of Pablo Neruda in the 2010 world premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il postino. In March 2012 he took on the role of Athanaël in Thaïs in Valencia and over the next seasons added nine more of Verdi’s baritone roles to his repertoire: Francesco Foscari (I due Foscari) in Los Angeles, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) at the Met, Nabucco at Covent Garden, Giacomo (Giovanna d’Arco) at the Salzburg Festival, Count di Luna (Il trovatore) and Macbeth at the Berlin State Opera, Don Carlo (Ernani) at the Met, Marquis of Posa (Don Carlo) at the Vienna State Opera and in the 2017/18 season Miller (Luisa Miller) at the Met. In 2015 he also sang the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for the first time in Los Angeles. Plácido Domingo’s most recent operatic roles at the Salzburg Festival have been Count di Luna in 2014, Athanaël in a concert performance of Thaïs in 2016 and Francesco Foscari in concert performances of I due Foscari in 2017.

Current as of August 2018

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