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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

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

27 October 2014

Backstage films from the live relay of I due Foscari, including Antonio Pappano introducing Verdi's music and Plácido Domingo on his transition from tenor to baritone.

Verdi’s I due Foscari live in cinemas on 27 October 2014

Verdi’s I due Foscari live in cinemas on 27 October 2014

20 October 2014

Stephen Fry will present the performance, starring Plácido Domingo and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Your reaction: I due Foscari

Your reaction: I due Foscari

15 October 2014

What did you think of Thaddeus Strassberger's production of Verdi's early tragedy?

Your Reaction: Plácido Domingo In Conversation livestream

Your Reaction: Plácido Domingo In Conversation livestream

12 October 2014

Catch up with Antonio Pappano's chat with the opera star, and see a selection of audience comments.

I due Foscari Musical highlight: The Act I finale

I due Foscari Musical highlight: The Act I finale

7 October 2014

Two characters rise to the dramatic and musical challenge of the powerful confrontation that concludes Act I of Verdi’s early tragedy.

Photos

Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Maria Agresta and Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Plácido Domingo and Francesco Meli in I due Foscari © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Plácido Domingo

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

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

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

Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccangra, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2010

Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini, Gianluca Buratto as Jacopo Loredano and Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Gianluca Buratto as Jacopo Loredano, Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini, Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari, Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari and Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini and Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari, Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari and Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini, Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari in I due Foscari © Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Tato Baeza 2013

Plácido Domingo as Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco © ROH/Catherine Ashmore

Plácido Domingo and Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco © ROH/Catherine Ashmore

Plácido Domingo and Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco © ROH/Catherine Ashmore

Marianna Pizzolato as Fenena and Plácido Domingo and Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco © ROH/Catherine Ashmore

Vitalij Kowaljow, Plácido Domingo and Renato Balsadonna and The Royal Opera Chorus at the Nabucco curtain call © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Vitalij Kowaljow, Plácido Domingo and Renato Balsadonna and The Royal Opera Chorus at the Nabucco curtain call © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Marianna Pizzolato, Vitalij Kowaljow, Plácido Domingo, Nicola Luisotti, Liudmyla Monastyrska at the Nabucco curtain call © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Plácido Domingo at the Nabucco curtain call © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Plácido Domingo as Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco © ROH/Catherine Ashmore

Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccanegra © Catherine Ashmore

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Francesco Meli as The Duke and Justina Gringyte as Maddalena in the Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012