Plácido Domingo

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Legal name: José Plácido Domingo Embil


José Plácido Domingo Embil, KBE (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈplaθiðo doˈmiŋɡo emˈbil]; 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 147 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 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 parents' zarzuela company in Mexico, Domingo has since regularly promoted this form of Spanish 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 5
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 3
1974 La bohème (1973 studio cast) Puccini; Caballé, Domingo, Milnes, Blegen, Sardinero, Raimondi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, The John Alldis Choir, Georg Solti 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 4
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 6
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 Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini, Plácido Domingo 5 4
1981 Perhaps Love Plácido Domingo 5 2
1981 Placido Domingo Sings Tangos Plácido Domingo 5 2
1982 Adoro Plácido Domingo 4 4
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 I Lombardi Verdi; Deutekom, Domingo, Raimondi, Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli 3
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
1989 The Essential Domingo Plácido Domingo 1
1990 Soñadores de España Plácido Domingo 5 4
1991 Together Plácido Domingo & Itzhak Perlman 1
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 Love Song and Tangos Plácido Domingo 1
1993 Ave Maria Plácido Domingo 1
1993 Christmas Favorites From The World's Favorite Tenors José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti 1
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 Otello Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Cheryl Studer, Sergei Leiferkus, Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung 1
1994 De mi alma latina Plácido Domingo 5 1
1995 Domingo Favorites Plácido Domingo 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 Mozart: Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Plácido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli, Carol Vaness, Heidi Grant Murphy, Thomas Hampson, Frank Lopardo, Bryn Terfel, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, James Levine 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 La forza del destino Giuseppe Verdi; Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Fiorenza Cossotto, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Gabriel Bacquier, James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra 2
1997 Quiéreme mucho Plácido Domingo 5 3
1997 De mi alma latina, Volume 2 Plácido Domingo 5 1
1997 Puccini Arias Giacomo Puccini; José Cura, Philharmonia Orchestra, Plácido Domingo 1
1997 Tosca Puccini; Scotto, Domingo, Bruson, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, James Levine 2
1997 Aida Verdi; Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Grace Bumbry, Ruggero Raimondi, Hans Sotin, London Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf 2
1997 Mefistofele Boito; Treigle, Domingo, Caballé, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel 1
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 Faust-Symphonie Liszt; Placido Domingo, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim 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
1999 Tu Tu Amore: Puccini's Greatest Love Songs Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti 1
1999 100 años de mariachi Plácido Domingo 5 1
1999 L'Africaine Giacomo Meyerbeer; Plácido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, Jean Pérrison 1
1999 Prelude to a Kiss Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming 1
2000 Carmen Georges Bizet; Fiorenza Cossotto, Plácido Domingo, José van Dam 1
2002 Scenes From The Ring Richard Wagner; Plácido Domingo 5 1
2002 Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana / Leoncavallo: Pagliacci Mascagni, Leoncavallo; Domingo, Bruson, Obraztsova, Stratas, Prêtre 1
2002 Sacred Songs Plácido Domingo 5 1
2004 The Essential Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo 1
2006 Parsifal Wagner; Plácido Domingo, Waltraud Meier, Falk Struckmann, Franz-Josef Selig, Wolfgang Bankl, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Christian Thielemann 1
2007 Gitano Rolando Villazón, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Plácido Domingo 5 1
2008 Pasión española Plácido Domingo 5 1
2008 The Three Tenors at Christmas Carreras, Pavarotti, Domingo 1
2008 Amore infinito Plácido Domingo 1
2009 Der Rosenkavalier Strauss; Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein, Christa Ludwig, Gwyneth Jones, Lucia Popp, Walter Berry, Plácido Domingo 1
2010 La Nuit de mai Ruggero Leoncavallo; Plácido Domingo, 郎朗, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Alberto Veronesi 5 1
2012 Songs Plácido Domingo 5 3
2014 Encanto del Mar - Mediterranean Songs Plácido Domingo 1
2015 My Christmas Plácido Domingo 1
Aida Giuseppe Verdi; Katia Ricciarelli, Plácido Domingo, Coro, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Claudio Abbado 1
An Evening with Plácido Plácido Domingo 1
Christmas with Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo 1
Historia de una voz Plácido Domingo 1
La Fanciulla del West Giacomo Puccini; Carol Neblett, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Zubin Mehta 1
Listen to the Joy Plácido Domingo 1
Romanzas de Zarzuelas Plácido Domingo 4 1
The Golden Voice of Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Love Duets from Giovanna d'Arco · Don Carlo · Mefistofele · Manon Lescaut Verdi, Boito, Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo 5 1
1976 Die schönsten Lieder und Tangos Plácido Domingo 1
1977 Arien, Duette und Szenen Plácido Domingo 5 1
1981 Symphonie No. 9 / Symphonie No. 6 "Pastorale" Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Jessye Norman, Brigitte Fassbaender, Plácido Domingo, Walter Berry, Karl Böhm 1
1982 Con amore Plácido Domingo 5 1
1983 Placido Domingo canta para todos Plácido Domingo 5 2
1984 French Opera Arias Plácido Domingo 5 1
1984 Viva Domingo! Plácido Domingo 1
1985 Fiesta de la zarzuela Plácido Domingo 1

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