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.
Cast as Conductor
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