Plácido Domingo

~ Person

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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Save Your Nights for Me Plácido Domingo 5 2
1985 Verdi & Puccini Plácido Domingo 1
1986 Placido Domingo canta para México Plácido Domingo 5 3
1988 A Love Until the End of Time Plácido Domingo 5 5
1989 Les Triomphes de Domingo Plácido Domingo 1
1990 Be My Love - An Album of Love Plácido Domingo 2
1990 Laserlight Star Collection Plácido Domingo, Volume 1 Plácido Domingo 1
1991 Favorite Arias by the World’s Favorite Tenors Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti 1
1991 Opera Arias Ileana Cotrubaş, Kiri Te Kanawa, Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo 5 1
1992 Giganten Der Oper Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras 1
1992 The Tenors Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti 5 1
1993 Opera Classics Plácido Domingo 5 2
1994 The Great Tenors Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo & Mario del Monaco 1
1995 Italian Delights Plácido Domingo 5 1
1995 The Great Placido Domingo Plácido Domingo 1
1996 Pure Domingo Plácido Domingo 5 1
1996 Opera Highlights Plácido Domingo 1
1996 The Best of Christmas in Vienna Plácido Domingo 4 1
1998 Bravo Domingo Plácido Domingo 5 1
1999 Three Tenors Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti 1
2000 Songs of Love Plácido Domingo 1 1
2003 Bravo! Domingo: The Best of Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo 1
2003 The Very Best of Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo 2
2004 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Placido Domingo Plácido Domingo 1
2004 Domingo Sings Caruso (Remastered compilation) Plácido Domingo 5 1
2006 Christmas with the 3 Legendary Tenors José Carreras, Plácido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti 1
2008 Passion Opéra Maria Callas, Plácido Domingo, Jessye Norman, Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza, Mady Mesplé, Victoria de los Ángeles 1
2009 Ténors Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras 1
2010 The Opera Collection Plácido Domingo 1
2011 The Plácido Domingo Story Plácido Domingo 1
2011 Passion: The Love Album Plácido Domingo 5 2
Arias Plácido Domingo 1
Castle Masters Collection: Luciano Pavarotti / Placido Domingo Luciano Pavarotti / Placido Domingo 1
Plácido Domigo, Volume 2 Plácido Domingo 1
Segunda Parte Plácido Domingo 1
Tenores - Vol. 1 José Carreras, Plácido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti 1
The Very Best of Pavarotti & Domingo Live Luciano Pavarotti & Plácido Domingo 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Covent Garden Gala Concert Placido Domingo, Cheryl Studer, Eva Randová, Sir Thomas Allen, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden , John Barker 5 1
1990 In Concert José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Zubin Mehta 5
1991 Plácido, Paloma por fin juntos Plácido Domingo, Paloma San Basilio 5 1
1992 Live From Miami Plácido Domingo 5 3
1994 Christmas in Vienna II Plácido Domingo, Dionne Warwick 1
1995 Christmas in Vienna III Sissel Kyrkjebø, Plácido Domingo & Charles Aznavour 5 1
1996 A Celebration of Christmas José Carreras, Natalie Cole & Plácido Domingo 1
1997 Christmas In Vienna IV Plácido Domingo, Huang Ying & Michael Bolton 4 1
1998 The 3 Tenors: Paris 1998 José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti with James Levine 5 1
2000 Carmen (1978 live cast) Georges Bizet; Carlos Kleiber, Elena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo 5 1
2000 Ernani Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Renato Bruson, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti 1
2001 Our Favorite Things: Christmas in Vienna Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, Plácido Domingo & Vanessa Williams 5 1
Ernani Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Renato Bruson, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Broadway I Love Plácido Domingo 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 You'll Never Walk Alone José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Best of Domingo Plácido Domingo 1

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