Plácido Domingo

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José Plácido Domingo Embil (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈplaθiðo ðoˈmiŋɡo emˈbil], KBE; born 21 January 1941), known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. 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. Although primarily a lirico-spinto tenor for most of his career, especially popular for his Cavaradossi, Hoffmann, Don José, and Canio, he quickly moved into more dramatic roles, becoming the most acclaimed Otello of his generation. In the early 2010s, he transitioned from the tenor repertory into almost exclusively baritone parts, most notably Simon Boccanegra. He has performed 146 different roles.

Unusually for a classical singer, Domingo has 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 Awards, several of his records have gone silver, gold, platinum and multi-platinum. His first pop album, Perhaps Love (1981), spread his fame beyond the opera world. The title song, performed as a duet with country and folk singer John Denver, has 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. In 1990, he began singing with fellow tenors Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras as part of The Three Tenors. The first Three Tenors recording became the best-selling classical album of all time.

Growing up working in his parent's zarzuela company in Mexico, Domingo has since regularly promoted this form of Spanish light opera. He also increasingly conducts operas and concerts and is currently the general director of the Los Angeles Opera in California. He was initially the artistic director and later general director of the Washington National Opera from 1996-2011. 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Belcanto Domingo Plácido Domingo, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Nello Santi 5 4
1970 Il trovatore (1969 studio cast) Giuseppe Verdi; Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, John McCarthy, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 5 6
1972 Domingo Sings Caruso Plácido Domingo, London Symphony Orchestra, Nello Santi 5 2
1973 Giovanna d'Arco Verdi; Caballé, Domingo, Milnes, London Symphony Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus, James Levine 5 1
1976 Be My Love Plácido Domingo 5 1
1976 Carmen (1975 studio cast) Bizet; Troyanos, Domingo, van Dam, Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Sir Georg Solti 5 3
1977 L'amore dei tre re Italo Montemezzi; Anna Moffo, Plácido Domingo, Cesare Siepi, Ryland Davies, London Symphony Orchestra, Nello Santi 5 7
1978 Otello Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes, National Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine 5 5
1978 Romantic Opera Duets Massenet, Gounod, Giordano, Mascagni; Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Herbert Adler 5 2
1980 Rigoletto - Highlights Verdi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini, Plácido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, Ileana Cotrubaş, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Елена Образцова, Hanna Schwarz, Kurt Moll 1
1981 Gala Opera Concert Plácido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, Los Angeles Philharmonic 5 2
1981 Perhaps Love Plácido Domingo 5 2
1981 Placido Domingo Sings Tangos Plácido Domingo 5 2
1982 Adoro Plácido Domingo 4 3
1983 Always in My Heart (Siempre en mi corazón): The Songs of Ernesto Lecuona Plácido Domingo 5 3
1983 My Life for a Song Plácido Domingo 5 2
1984 Manon Lescaut (1983 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Kurt Rydl, Robert Gambill, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli 5 3
1985 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Richard Wagner; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Catarina Ligendza, Christa Ludwig, Plácido Domingo, Horst Laubenthal, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum 5 2
1985 Requiem Andrew Lloyd Webber; Plácido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, Lorin Maazel 5 5
1986 Aida (1974, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music; New Philharmonia Orchestra feat. Conductor: Riccardo Muti) Verdi; Caballé, Domingo, Muti 3
1986 Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss II; Plácido Domingo, Lucia Popp, Eva Lind, Kurt Rydl, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester 2
1986 Les Contes d'Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach; Dame Joan Sutherland, Plácido Domingo, Gabriel Bacquier, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Richard Bonynge 5 1
1986 Vienna, City of my Dreams Plácido Domingo, English Chamber Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers, Julius Rudel 5 5
1987 Carmen (1977 studio cast) Georges Bizet; Teresa Berganza, Ileana Cotrubaş, Sherrill Milnes, Plácido Domingo, London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 5 3
1987 Il trittico: Il tabarro / Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi (1976/77 studio casts) Puccini; Cotrubaş, Scotto, Horne, Gobbi, Domingo, Wixell, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
1987 Lohengrin Wagner; Sir Georg Solti, Plácido Domingo, Jessye Norman, Eva Randová, Siegmund Nimsgern, Hans Sotin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker 2
1987 Madama Butterfly (1977 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Ingvar Wixell, Gillian Knight, Florindo Andreolli, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
1988 Turandot Giacomo Puccini; Katia Ricciarelli, Plácido Domingo, Barbara Hendricks, Ruggero Raimondi, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1988 Hallmark Presents: Joy to the World London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices, Plácido Domingo, Leona Mitchell, Plácido Domingo Jr. 1
1988 Norma Vincenzo Bellini; Montserrat Caballé, Fiorenza Cossotto, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Carlo Felice Cillario, London Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1989 Les Contes d’Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach; Plácido Domingo, Edita Gruberová, Claudia Eder, Gabriel Bacquier, Justino Díaz, James Morris, Chœur de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Seiji Ozawa 5 1
1990 Soñadores de España Plácido Domingo 5 4
1992 Pavarotti + Domingo Luciano Pavarotti / Plácido Domingo 1
1992 Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi; Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini, Piero Cappuccilli, Ileana Cotrubaş, Plácido Domingo, Elena Obraztsova, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Kurt Moll, Hanna Schwarz, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor 3
1993 La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Plácido Domingo, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Carlos Kleiber 3
1994 Il trovatore (1991 studio cast) Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Aprile Millo, Dolora Zajick, Vladimir Chernov, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine 1
1994 Symphonie no. 9 Beethoven; Jessye Norman, Brigitte Fassbaender, Plácido Domingo, Walter Berry, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm 2
1994 De mi alma latina Plácido Domingo 5 1
1996 La bohème (1973 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Judith Blegen, Vicente Sardinero, Ruggero Raimondi, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti 1
1996 Bajo el cielo español (Under the Spanish Sky) Plácido Domingo 5 2
1996 Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo 1
1996 Un ballo in maschera Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Josephine Barstow, Herbert von Karajan 2
1997 Quiéreme mucho Plácido Domingo 5 3
1997 De mi alma latina, Volume 2 Plácido Domingo 5 1
1997 Aida Verdi; Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Grace Bumbry, Ruggero Raimondi, Hans Sotin, London Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf 2
1997 Tosca (1980 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Philharmonia Orchestra, James Levine 1
1998 Por amor Plácido Domingo 5 1
1998 La forza del destino Giuseppe Verdi; Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Fiorenza Cossotto, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Gabriel Bacquier, James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra 1
1999 Goya…A Life in Song Plácido Domingo 1
1999 Les Contes D’Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach; Dame Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Gabriel Bacquier, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Richard Bonynge 5 1

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