Plácido Domingo is a singer, conductor and administrator. He has sung 151 different roles, more than any other singer in the annals of music, with more than 4,000 performances in the course of his career. He has also 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 additionally appeared in more than 50 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 he has celebrated the 40th anniversaries of his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and 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 anniversaries of his first performances at both the Vienna and the Berlin State Operas. In August 2019 he marked the 50th anniversary of his Arena di Verona debut.
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 performance in Beijing and then in a production broadcast by Italian television from Mantua, the opera’s original setting. Also in 2010 he sang the role of Pablo Neruda in the world premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il postino at the Los Angeles Opera, where he is the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director. In March 2012 he took on the role of Athanaël in Thaïs in Valencia and over the course of the following seasons he has 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, the Count di Luna (Il trovatore) and Macbeth at the Berlin State Opera, Don Carlo (Ernani) at the Met, 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, where he first appeared as Juanillo in Manuel Penella Moreno’s El gato montés in May 2019.
At the Salzburg Festival Plácido Domingo was heard as the Count di Luna in 2014 and has returned since then for concert performances of three other operas: as Athanaël in 2016, as Francesco Foscari in 2017 and for his role debut as Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles in 2018.