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Plácido Domingo

Baritone

Biography

Plácido Domingo in action.
Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Plácido Domingo made his Royal Opera debut as Cavaradossi (Tosca) in 1971 and has since sung 27 roles for the Company including Don José (Carmen), Rodolfo (La bohème), Otello, Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), Calaf (Turandot), Parsifal, Siegmund (Die Walküre), Simon Boccanegra and Nabucco. He has conducted Pagliacci, Die Fledermaus and Tosca for the Company, and hosted the 2012 Operalia Winners concert at the Royal Opera House.

Domingo was born in 1941 in Madrid and moved to Mexico aged eight. He studied piano, conducting and singing at Mexico's National Conservatory of Music and made his professional debut aged 18 with Mexico National Opera. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest operatic artists working today, with a repertory of more than 140 roles and more than 150 recordings, including 99 full-length operas. Role creations include Emperor Quin (Tan Dun’s The First Emperor) and Pablo Neruda (Catán’s Il postino). He made his conducting debut in 1973. He was General Director of Washington National Opera 2003–11 and is currently General Manager of Los Angeles Opera. His performances with José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti as the Three Tenors won him worldwide renown and he continues to give many successful gala concerts, appearing at events including the 2006 World Cup, the 1992 and 2008 Olympics and the 2012 celebrations for Real Madrid.

Domingo has received numerous awards including a KBE and an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford. He is deeply involved with humanitarian works and initiatives.

Videos

News and features

Operalia 2015 quarter-finalists announced

Operalia 2015 quarter-finalists announced

26 May 2015

The ROH will host the finals for the first time this year, with the shortlist featuring three Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artists.

ROH Collections Item of the Month: Donald Southern’s starry photographs of <em>La bohème</em>

ROH Collections Item of the Month: Donald Southern’s starry photographs of La bohème

15 May 2015

Over 41 years, all the greats – including Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa and Luciano Pavarotti – have performed in John Copley’s classic production.

The Royal Opera’s Nabucco available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray

The Royal Opera’s Nabucco available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray

26 February 2015

Daniele Abbado's new production stars Plácido Domingo and Liudmyla Monastyrska.

Photos

Wendy Fine as Musetta, Thomas Allen as Shaunard, Gwynne Howard as Colline, Peter Glossop as Marcello, Plácido Domingo as Rodolfo and Katia Ricciarelli as Mimì in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1974

Maria Agresta and Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari

Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini, Gianluca Buratto as Jacopo Loredano and Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccanegra

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Vitalij Kowaljow, Plácido Domingo and Renato Balsadonna and The Royal Opera Chorus at the Nabucco curtain call

Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccangra, The Royal Opera

Gianluca Buratto as Jacopo Loredano, Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari

Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini and Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari, Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari and Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo and Francesco Meli in I due Foscari

Davinia Rodriguez and Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari, Theater an der Wien

Plácido Domingo, John Tooley and The Queen Mother after the Gala performance of Manon Lescaut, 3 May 1983

Plácido Domingo as Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco

Plácido Domingo and Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco

Vitalij Kowaljow, Plácido Domingo and Renato Balsadonna and The Royal Opera Chorus at the Nabucco curtain call

Marianna Pizzolato, Vitalij Kowaljow, Plácido Domingo, Nicola Luisotti, Liudmyla Monastyrska at the Nabucco curtain call

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari, Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari and Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari, The Royal Opera

Francesco Meli, Plácido Domingo and members of the chorus in I due Foscari, Los Angeles Opera, 2012

Francesco Meli as The Duke and Justina Gringyte as Maddalena in the Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration