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About Placido Domingo

Born in 1941, Spanish native José Plácido Domingo Embil moved to Mexico at the age of 8. He got his start filling in for child roles in his parents Zarzuela Company, where he learned to act, dance, and sing before becoming one of the world’s foremost Operatic tenors. While working with his parents at the Company, he also studied the piano at Mexico City’s National Conservatory of Music.

In 1959, Domingo auditioned for the Mexican National Opera, and was accepted as a tenor despite auditioning to be a baritone. Two years later he had his first leading role as Alfredo in “La Traviata.” In subsequent years, Domingo starred in roles around the world, making him a new star on the world Opera scene. In the late 1960s, Domingo’s newfound recognition lead to stints at every major opera house including La Scala, The Metroplitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and at Covent Garden.

Besides his obvious prowess for the opera, Domingo also excelled as a conductor, of both the opera and symphony orchestras.  He garnered attention for a crossover song, "Perhaps Love," that he recorded with the late American icon John Denver, and later won an Emmy Award with Denver for a 1987 Christmas Special that they made with Julie Andrews.

After participating in The Three Tenors concert, with José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, at the opening ceremony for 1990 World Cup in Rome, Domingo went from an Opera superstar to a household name recognized around the globe. The trio went on to perform at numerous other World Cups, as well as touring the world in an effort to raise money for José Carreras’ International Leukemia Foundation.

In 2007, Domingo announced that in two years he would switch vocal ranges and perform the title role as the Doge of Genoa in “Simon Boccanegra,” a baritone part often considered Verdi’s most difficult role. 

Placido Domingo’s career has been nothing short of prolific, making him one of the Opera world’s biggest and brightest stars. From the mid 1990’s until today, Domingo has not only added an astonishing 38 new roles to his repertoire, but done so in 6 different languages (English, Italian, French, German, Russian & Spanish). In Mexico City, they have erected a larger then life statue of their hometown hero. He sang for Pope Benedict XVI, the most renowned Opera critics voted him the greatest tenor in history in the BBC Music Magazine, and in 2008, the city of New Orleans honored his contribution to it’s rebuilding process by naming the city theatre's stage after him.

He has released over 100 recordings, most of which are full-length operas, including a boxed set of every tenor aria written by Giuseppe Verdi. He’s had cameos on American television shows such as The Simpsons and The Cosby Show, performed in movies such as Moulin Rouge, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has received a closet full of accolades, such as 11 Grammy Awards and U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. His herculean charitable efforts, renowned artistic achievements, television specials, and accolades have assured that Placido Domingo will forever be remembered among the world’s greatest and most versatile Tenors of all time.