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He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world. He has performed different roles  . Domingo has also achieved significant success as a crossover artist, especially in the genres of Latin and popular music.
In addition to winning fourteen Grammy and Latin Grammy Awardsseveral of his records have gone silver, gold, platinum and multi-platinum.
His first pop album, Perhaps Lovespread his fame beyond the opera world. The title songperformed as a duet with country and folk singer John Denverhas sold almost four million copies  and helped lead to numerous television appearances for the tenor. He also starred in many cinematically released and televised opera movies, particularly under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli. The first Three Tenors recording became the best-selling classical album of all time.
Growing up working in his parents' zarzuela company in MexicoDomingo has since regularly promoted this form of Spanish opera. He also increasingly conducts Tu Puniscimi O Signora - Joan Sutherland / London Symphony Orchestra* And Chorus*, Richard Bonynge - and concerts and was the general director of the Los Angeles Opera in California from — He has been involved in numerous humanitarian works, as well as efforts to help young opera singers, including starting and running the international singing competition, Operalia.
His parents, both singers, had decided to start a zarzuela company there after a successful tour Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada Latin America. Soon after arriving in Mexico, Domingo won a singing contest for boys, and his parents occasionally recruited him and his sister for children's roles in their zarzuela productions.
At the conservatory, he also attended conducting classes taught by Igor Markevitch and studied voice under Carlo Morelli, the brother of Renato Zanelli. The two brothers were famous practitioners of both baritone and tenor roles. In his first performance as a tenor, Domingo replaced the ailing singer, although he feared the part's tessitura was too high for him.
In addition to his work with zarzuelas, among his earliest performances was a minor role in the first Latin American production of the musical My Fair Ladyin which he was also the assistant conductor and assistant coach.
He was accepted at the National Opera Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada a tenor comprimario and as a tutor for other singers. To supplement his income, the young Domingo played the piano for a ballet company, as well as for a program on Mexico's newly founded cultural television station.
The program consisted of excerpts from zarzuelas, operettasoperas, and musical comedies. At the end of Fascination - Out To Get You, he signed a six-month contract with the Israel National Opera in Tel Avivbut later extended the contract and stayed for two and a half years, singing performances of 12 different roles.
In Februaryhe sang the title role in the U. Domingo was as impressive as ever—a big, burly, large-voiced singer who looks exactly as one would visualize a hero from Gothic Spain. Since then, he has opened the season at Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada Metropolitan Opera 21 times, more than any other singer, surpassing the previous record of Enrico Caruso by four. Thereafter Domingo frequently returned to Salzburg for a number of operas, as well as for several concert performances.
He has now sung at practically every important opera house and festival worldwide. He continued to sing the part for many years, especially at the Met and in Vienna, eventually performing it more than any other of his roles.
It soon became his signature role and one of operas he performed most frequently over times. Oscar-winning Shakespearean actor, Laurence Olivierdeclared after seeing the tenor in the role: "Domingo plays Othello as well as I do and he has that voice.
Domingo Lets Dance - Various - Smeri Razvoja also conducted operas and occasionally symphony orchestras as well.
Domingo increasingly began to appear as a conductor at major opera houses around the world. Three years later, he made a studio recording of the operettain which he both conducted and sang the role of Alfred.
The s were a time of growing success and fame for Domingo. He followed this success with many more albums of popular and Latin music. Domingo expressed the hope that his popular albums would expand his fan base in a way that would eventually lead more people to discover opera. He was interviewed on many talk shows and news programs, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and 60 minutes. Increasingly substantial numbers of his operatic performances were also shown on television during the s.
After gaining experience acting for the cameras in numerous televised operas, Domingo performed in his first cinematically released opera movie, La Traviatain He had worked with Ataypura (High Andes !) - Yma Sumac - Destination Perou film's director, former Academy Award nominee Franco Zeffirellipreviously Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada staged opera productions.
Even as filming continued in Rome, he commuted back and forth to perform live One Night In Heaven - Various - Now Thats What I Call Music! 26 Vienna, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Madrid. Domingo considered Carmen the best of the three, although he disagreed with the director's "low conception" of his character.
He found La traviata to be "impressive", but expressed displeasure over cuts to the music in Zeffirelli's Otello. Even while diversifying his career, he continued to appear with great frequency in largely well-received operatic performances. The magazine's featured article, which recounted and analyzed his career, praised the singer for his "heroic voice, superb musicianship, fine acting skills and dashing Latin good looks".
It was the first time onstage that the tenor sang the part of Pollione, one of his rare excursions into the bel canto repertory. The tenor scheduled to sing Otello, Carlo Cossuttacancelled on the day of the performance.
The company asked Domingo to replace him at 4 p. He quickly flew from New York to San Francisco, rushed to the opera house, and appeared in the role at in the evening. A writer for the San Francisco Chronicleamong other journalists, reported extensively on the event. He observed the crowds gathering around the stage door for the tenor's arrival and remarked on how most of the waiting audience members "were breathless over the chance to see Placido Domingo, a star who draws the kind of rapt devotion that Mick Jagger inspires among rock Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada . For the opening night of the following Met season, Domingo returned to the role of Wagner's Lohengrinwhich he had last sung in early He had originally dropped the role from his repertoire after he felt his voice had been temporarily damaged by learning the challenging opera.
The New York Times noted that the now more mature artist "lacked the chrome-plated, penetrating quality that one associates with German tenors", Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada praised him for bringing "an unusual legato grace to a role that is seldom sung so beautifully".
He had just recovered from the Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada at the time. On 19 September the biggest earthquake in Mexico's history devastated part of the Mexican capital. Cancelling several performances, Domingo himself labored to rescue survivors.
During the next year, he performed benefit concerts for the victims and released an album of one of the events. Also in he appeared in a special gala concert for Queen Elizabeth II and in the world premiere of Goyaan opera that Gian Carlo Menotti composed specifically for him.
Domingo had encouraged Menotti to make the opera about the Spanish painter Francisco Goyawhose life fascinated the singer. Throughout the s and s until today, Domingo has continued adding new roles to his growing repertoire, while at the same time dropping earlier parts.
The s were the start of rapid change in the types of roles the tenor performed. In particular, he increased his involvement in Wagnerian operas. Although he had already sung Lohengrin and recorded a few operas by the composer, he did not perform any of Wagner's works frequently onstage until he debuted as Parsifal in and Siegmund in He continued to sing these roles for almost two decades, including at the Bayreuth Festival. For the first time in over three decades, Domingo debuted in a Mozart opera, Idomeneoin at the Met.
Toward the end of the decade, he added his first Russian-language opera, Tchaikovsky 's The Queen of Spades although he had performed Eugene Onegin in translation while in Israel early in his career. In the s, he sang his last performances of some of the most successful operas Pobre Diablo - Orquesta Afro Onda - Orquesta Afro Onda early in his career: Andrea ChenierSamson et DalilaOtelloLa Fanciulla del WestFedoraPagliacciand Adriana Lecouvreur.
In the twenty-first century, however, he has focused mostly on new roles. Domingo himself worked to popularize Franco Alfano 's infrequently performed Cyrano de Bergerac a few years later. Additionally, Domingo created several new roles in modern operas, such as the title role in Tan Dun Rain On My Parade - Salem - Return Of The Mongloid Sire opera The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Operawhich was broadcast worldwide into movie theaters as part of the Met Live in HD series.
The recording of their first appearance together, Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concertwent multi-platinum with sales in excess of three million in the United States alone,  eventually outselling every previous classical album worldwide.
Four years after their first successful concert, around 1. A lifelong football fan, Domingo has been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid C. Inhe performed the club's new commemorative anthem, "Himno del Centenario del Real Madrid". Domingo presented the song live at the Bernabeu Stadium during celebrations of the football club's year anniversary. On 13 MayDomingo performed during Real Madrid's season-ending celebrations, when the team won their 32nd Spanish league title.
Y Nada Mas. Inhe made a guest appearance on the song "Novus", the closing track on Santana 's album Shaman. On 15 Marchthe Metropolitan Opera paid tribute to Domingo's 40th and the company's th anniversaries with a gala performance and onstage dinner. Domingo began an affiliation with the Washington National Opera inwhen he appeared in its world premiere production of Menotti's Goya. In Domingo became General Director and his contract was extended through the season.
He assumed the position of General Director of the Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada in On 20 Septemberhe announced that he would renew his contract as General Director through Reaction to this included The Washington Post 's comments on his accomplishments:. Domingo attempted to quash criticism in East Coast newspapers that he was taking on too much when the singer gave an interview in the Los Angeles Times in which he restated his long-time motto, "When I rest, I rust".
In OctoberDomingo resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera amid accusations of sexual harassment. Domingo announced in that two years later he would take on one of Verdi 's most demanding baritone roles, singing the title role in Simon Boccanegra. His debut performance in Paloma Querida - Placido Domingo - Alborada part occurred at the Berlin State Opera on 24 October, followed by 29 other performances during the season at major opera houses around the world, including the Met and the Royal Opera House in London.
After the success of Boccanegra, Domingo has performed other baritone roles including the character of Rigoletto in Verdi 's Rigoletto in August at Reignwood Theatre in Beijing. Again, in he undertook the role of Rigoletto in a live television broadcast in Europe which was shot in real locations in Mantua.
Later inhe debuted as the Conte di Luna in Il trovatore in Berlin. Petersburg BeijingVerona and Vienna. Domingo's father was half Aragonese and half Catalanwhile his mother was a Basque from Gipuzkoa.
His father began as a violinist performing for opera and zarzuela orchestras. He soon also took on baritone roles in zarzuelas. Even though he damaged his voice by performing while suffering from a cold, he continued singing into the s. Domingo's mother was an established soprano who made her stage debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Domingo later recalled that experts encouraged his father to sing Wagnerian heldentenor roles, while the Liceu offered his mother a contract to sing opera. His parents later stayed permanently in Mexico and established their own zarzuela troupe, the Domingo-Embil Company.
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