Plácido Domingo is recognized not only as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera but also as a conductor. And as General Director of Los Angeles Opera he is a major force as an opera administrator.
Domingo’s vocal repertoire encompasses 147 stage roles – a number unmatched by any other celebrated singer in opera history. The list includes not only tenor roles but also the principal baritone roles in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto, I Due Foscari, La Traviata, Giovanna d’Arco, Il Trovatore, as well as that of Massenet’s Thaïs and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, which he has added during the last few years.
His more than one hundred recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets, and crossover discs include Deutsche Grammophon’s anthology of the complete Verdi arias for tenor and another of various baritone arias by the same composer. For EMI, he has recorded albums of Wagnerian roles that he has not sung on stage: Siegfried in both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, and Tristan in a complete recording of Tristan und Isolde. His extensive work in the recording studio has earned him eleven Grammy Awards and two Latin Grammy Awards, and he has won Emmy awards for the television film “Homage to Seville” and for the Met’s Silver Gala program. He was the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year in 2010. Domingo has also made more than fifty music videos in addition to four feature films of operas: Carmen, La Traviata, Otello and Tosca, in addition to a Rigoletto shot in and broadcast from Mantua, where the opera takes place.
He has conducted multiple opera performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, among many other ensembles, and symphonic concerts with the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, London Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and numerous other orchestras. In 1990, Domingo and his colleagues José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti spontaneously formed the Three Tenors, which performed with enormous success all over the world.
In 1993, Domingo founded Operalia, an annual international voice competition. Domingo was also the prime mover behind Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program and Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program, both of which are designed to nurture and support the careers of opera’s future standard-bearers. Domingo is also Artistic Advisor to the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
In his native Spain, Plácido Domingo has been awarded the Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, the Medalla de la Orden de las Artes y las Letras de España, and the Premio Prinicipe de Asturias de las Artes; and in Mexico, where he grew up, he received the Aguila Azteca. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the United States and the titles of Commander of the Legion of Honor in France, Honorary Knight of the British Empire, and both Grande Ufficiale and Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. He has received honorary doctorates from Oxford University and New York University for his lifelong commitment and contribution to music and the arts. In October 2009, King Carl Gustaf of Sweden presented him with the first Birgit Nilsson Prize (at one million dollars, the most generous prize in the world of classical music) for his outstanding achievements in opera; in accepting the award, Domingo said that it would “greatly benefit my annual competition, Operalia.” On November 21, 2012 he was appointed as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. In 2006, he conducted Verdi’s Requiem Mass in Warsaw, to commemorate the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s passing.
Although he resigned as General Director of Washington National Opera at the end of the 2010-2011 season, after fifteen years in that position, he still continues as General Director of Los Angeles Opera.
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