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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, Tosca and La bohème for the Company.

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 a number of humanitarian works and initiatives.

Videos

News and features

Opera Essentials: Operalia at the Royal Opera House

Opera Essentials: Operalia at the Royal Opera House

17 July 2015

Our quick introduction to Plácido Domingo’s international opera competition which has launched the careers of artists including Nina Stemme, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Erwin Schrott.

Watch: Members of cast, creative and backstage teams on <em>La bohème</em>

Watch: Members of cast, creative and backstage teams on La bohème

11 June 2015

Backstage films from the 2015 live relay of La bohème, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

Watch: John Copley on La bohème - ‘It was the first proper opera I’d seen and I cried all the way home on the bus’

Watch: John Copley on La bohème - ‘It was the first proper opera I’d seen and I cried all the way home on the bus’

10 June 2015

The director recalls his first moment with Puccini’s opera and his thoughts on this last revival.

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

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

Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccanegra

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

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

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 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 in I due Foscari, The Royal Opera

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

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

Marianna Pizzolato as Fenena and Plácido Domingo and Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco

Plácido Domingo at the Nabucco curtain call