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Plácido Domingo

Biography

Plácido Domingo conducts Tosca in The Royal Opera's 2013/14 Season. He 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 and Die Fledermaus 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.

Upcoming productions

  • Tosca

    Cast as Conductor

    Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800.

  • I due Foscari

    Cast as Francesco Foscari

    A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy.

  • La traviata

    Cast as Giorgio Germont

    Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.

Videos

News and features

  1. Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

    Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

    Les Vêpres Siciliennes, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, The Wind in the Willows and Arthur Pita also among those nominated.

  2. Recommended opera recordings: October 2013

    Recommended opera recordings: October 2013

    October sees new releases from Jonas Kaufmann, Plácido Domingo and Susan Chilcott.

  3. Your reaction: Nabucco in cinemas

    Your reaction: Nabucco in cinemas

    Audience tweets from our cinema relay of Verdi's epic opera, starring opera legend Plácido Domingo.

  4. Plácido Domingo receives the Freedom of the City of London

    Plácido Domingo receives the Freedom of the City of London

    Spanish singer and conductor honoured at Freedom ceremony.

  5. Plácido Domingo and Juan Diego Flórez appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

    Plácido Domingo and Juan Diego Flórez appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

    Cultural organization aims to spread its ideals through their advocacy.

  6. Your reaction: Operalia Winners performance

    Your reaction: Operalia Winners performance

    A selection of your tweets about the finale to the 2011/12 opera season, as well as a download of the programme.

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Most recent productions

  1. Nabucco
  2. Plácido Domingo's Operalia