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PLACIDO DOMINGO

Plácido Domingo is a world-renowned, multifaceted artist: now in his seventies, he is recognised as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, yet he is also a respected conductor and a major force as an opera administrator, in his role as general director of Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera.

As a singer, Domingo’s repertoire encompasses 130 stage rôles—a number unmatched by any other celebrated tenor in history. His more than 100 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 EMI’s albums of Wagnerian rôles 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 has also made more than fifty music videos in addition to four feature films of operas: Carmen, La Traviata, Otello and Tosca. He has conducted many 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.

Born in Madrid in 1941 to parents who were zarzuela performers, Plácido Domingo was brought to Mexico at the age of eight. He attended Mexico City’s Conservatory of Music, where he initially studied piano and conducting, but when his vocal talent was discovered he began to take voice lessons as well. At eighteen, he made his début in a small rôle (Borsa in Rigoletto) at Mexico’s National Opera, and his first performance as a leading tenor (Alfredo in La Traviata) took place in the city of Monterrey when he was twenty. After having spent three seasons with the Israel National Opera in Tel Aviv, where he sang 280 performances of twelve different rôles, he launched his major international career in 1965, and since then he has performed at all of the world’s most prestigious opera houses.

In 1993, Domingo founded Operalia, an annual international voice competition, which has helped to start the careers of many singers who have since become major figures on the world’s stages. He was also the prime mover behind Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program and Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton 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 for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

Plácido Domingo has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the United States as well as the titles of Commandant 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 life-long commitment and contribution to music and the arts. He has raised millions of dollars through benefit concerts to aid the victims of Mexico’s devastating 1985 earthquake, of the floods caused by Hurricane Paulina in Guerrero and Yucatán, also in Mexico and in El Salvador, and of the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where, in 2009, the stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts was named for him. In 2006, he conducted Verdi’s Requiem Mass in Warsaw, to commemorate the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s passing.

Although he has no intention of moving substantially into the baritone repertoire, during 2009–10 Domingo added the title rôle of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra—one of the greatest and most musically and emotionally demanding of all baritone parts—into his own repertoire, with performances at the Met, La Scala, Covent Garden, and Madrid’s Teatro Real.

Newsweek and other international publications have fittingly described Plácido Domingo as “the King of Opera,” “a true renaissance man in music,” and “the greatest operatic artist of modern times.”

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALFANO, F.: Cyrano de Bergerac (Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", 2007) (Blu-ray, HD) Naxos
NBD0005
Opera DVD
ALFANO, F.: Cyrano de Bergerac (Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", 2007) (NTSC) Naxos
2.110270
Opera DVD
AMOR, VIDA DE MI VIDA (Domingo, Martinez, Lopez Cobos) (Blu-ray, NTSC) EuroArts
2072474
Opera DVD, Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert
AMOR, VIDA DE MI VIDA (Domingo, Martinez, Lopez Cobos) (NTSC) EuroArts
2072478
Opera DVD, Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert
BIZET, G.: Carmen (Vienna State Opera, 1978) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107263
Opera DVD
CABALLE, Montserrat: Beyond Music (NTSC) EuroArts
2053198
Classical Documentary
CABALLE: Beyond Music TDKDVD
DV-DOCMSC
Classical Documentary
DOMINGO, Placido - MEYERBEER, G.: L'Africaine / PONCHIELLI, A.: La Gioconda / SAINT-SAENS, C.: Samson et Dalila (PAL/NTSC) (Box Set) Arthaus Musik
107511
Opera DVD
DOMINGO, Placido: Live from the Vienna State Opera - BIZET, G.: Carmen / VERDI, G.: Il Trovatore / WAGNER, R.: Lohengrin (PAL/NTSC) (Box Set) Arthaus Musik
107505
Opera DVD
DVD SAMPLER 2006 - OPERA (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-OPSMPL3
Samplers
EUROPA-KONZERT 1992 - VERDI, G. / BERLIOZ, H. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. (Domingo, Barenboim) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2011294
Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 1992 - VERDI, G. / BERLIOZ, H. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. (Domingo, Barenboim) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107157
Pop and Rock, Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert
FRENI, Mirella: Life Devoted to Opera (A) (Documentary, 2010) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101519
Classical Documentary
GALA CONCERTS FROM VIENNA, BERLIN AND DRESDEN (NTSC / PAL) EuroArts
2058219
Classical Concert
GALA CONCERTS FROM VIENNA, BERLIN AND DRESDEN (NTSC) EuroArts
2058218
Classical Concert
GIORDANO, U.: Fedora (La Scala, 1993) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107143
Opera DVD
GIORDANO, U.: Fedora (La Scala, 1993) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-OPFED
Opera DVD
GRAN GALA DI VERDI (Mehta) (NTSC) EuroArts
2051058
Opera DVD, Classical Concert
HANDEL, G.F.: Tamerlano (Teatro Real, 2008) (Blu-ray, NTSC) Opus Arte
OABD7022D
Opera DVD
HANDEL, G.F.: Tamerlano (Teatro Real, 2008) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1006D
Opera DVD
LA SCALA COLLECTION BOX SET (THE) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OALS3000BD
Opera DVD
LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES - Sampler 2007 (NTSC) EuroArts
2020078
Samplers
LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES - Sampler 2007 (US version) (NTSC) EuroArts
2020076
Samplers
MAGIC MOMENTS OF OPERA (NTSC) (DVD Box Set) Arthaus Musik
107515
Opera DVD
MASSENET, J.: Hérodiade [Opera] (Domingo, Fleming, Zajick, Pons, San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Gergiev) Newton Classics
NC8802202
Opera
MEIER, Waltraud: I Follow a Voice Within Me EuroArts
2051889
Classical Documentary
MENOTTI, G.C.: Goya (Theater an der Wien, 2004) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101576
Opera DVD
OPERA AND BALLET FAVOURITES (Royal Opera House, 1993) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAR3110D
Classical Concert
OPERA EXCLUSIVE - PLACIDO DOMINGO LIVE (PAL/NTSC) TDKDVD
DV-GOLDBOX2
Opera DVD
OPERA EXCLUSIVE - SALZBURG FESTIVAL (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-GOLDBOX4
Vocal
PONCHIELLI, A.: Gioconda (La) (Vienna State Opera, 1986) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100233
Opera DVD
PONCHIELLI: Gioconda (La) (Vienna State Opera, 1986) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100232
Opera DVD
PUCCINI: Fanciulla del West (La) (La Scala, 1991) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OALS3004D
Opera DVD
RICCARDO MUTI AT LA SCALA (6 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107543
Opera DVD
SAINT-SAENS: Samson et Dalila (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100202
Opera DVD
TDK SAMPLER 2007 - The Best of Classical Music on TDK - Opera, Concert, Ballet (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-OPBEST4
Classical Concert
TEATRO ALLA SCALA: The Opera Classics - MOZART, W.A.: Le Nozze di Figaro / DONIZETTI, G.: Maria Stuarda / VERDI, G.:Simon Boccanegra (4-DVD Set)(NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107535
Opera DVD
TORROBA, F.: Luisa Fernanda (Teatro Real, 2006) (Blu-ray, NTSC) Opus Arte
OABD7023D
Opera DVD
TORROBA, F.: Luisa Fernanda (Teatro Real, 2006) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0969D
Opera DVD
TRIBUTE TO MIRELLA FRENI (A) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101485
Classical Documentary, Opera DVD
VERDI EDITION (THE) (17-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1105BD
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Ballo in maschera (Un) (Salzburg Festival, 1990) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107271
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Ballo in maschera (Un) (Salzburg Festival, 1990) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-CLOPUBIM
Vocal
VERDI, G.: Opera Selection - La traviata / Simon Boccanegra / Aida (3 Blu-ray Disc Box Set) Arthaus Musik
108074
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Opera Selection, "Shakespeare" - Otello / Macbeth / Falstaff (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107534
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Opera Selection, Vol. 1 - Il trovatore / Don Carlos / Rigoletto (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107524
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Opera Selection, Vol. 2 - Aida / Nabucco / Simon Boccanegra (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107526
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Opera Selection, Vol. 3 - Ballo in Maschera (Un) / La Forza del Destino / La Traviata (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107533
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Otello (La Scala, 2001) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107090
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Trovatore (Il) (Vienna State Opera, 1978) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107117
Opera DVD
VERDI: Otello TDKDVD
DVUS-OPOTEL
Opera DVD
VERDI: Otello (Royal Opera House, 1992) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAR3102D
Opera DVD
VERDI: Trovatore (Il) (Vienna State Opera, 1978) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-CLOPIT
Opera DVD
VIENNA STATE OPERA GALA (NTSC) EuroArts
2054928
Classical Concert
VIENNA STATE OPERA GALA (PAL) EuroArts
2054929
Classical Concert
WAGNER COLLECTION (THE) - Lohengrin / Tannhauser / Rienzi (6 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107527
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Lohengrin (Vienna State Opera, 1990) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100957
Opera DVD
WAGNER: Lohengrin (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100956
Opera DVD
WAGNER: Parsifal - The Search for the Grail (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100610
Classical Documentary

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