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Plácido Domingo

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo

Full Name: José Plácido Domingo Embil
Profession: Opera Singer and Conductor

Nationality:
Spain
Spanish

Why Famous: One of the three tenors, Domingo has performed over 150 operatic roles, most notably the title role of Verdi's "Otello".

He appeared at New York's Metropolitan Opera from 1968 to 2019, including 21 opening nights. He also Served as director of the Washington National Opera company from 2003 to 2011, and the Los Angeles opera from 2017 to 2019.

Throughout his career Domingo has recorded over 200 albums, mostly opera, but also some pop and Latin titles, winning 9 Grammy and 5 Latin Grammy awards.

Born: January 21, 1941
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Age: 80 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aquarius

Historical Events

  • 1990-07-07 1st 'Three Tenors' concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome; recording becomes world's best-selling classical record
  • 1994-07-16 "The Three Tenors", Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, perform in Los Angeles, California
  • 1996-07-01 Placido Domingo becomes artistic director of Washington Opera
  • 2008-03-11 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue
  • 2009-10-14 Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo is awarded the first $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • 2018-08-23 Tenor Plácido Domingo sings his 150th opera role in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” at the Salzburg Festival, Austria

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