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Plácido Domingo

Biography

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

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.

Videos

News and features

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for Autumn Season 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for Autumn Season 2014/15

16 July 2014

I due Foscari, Idomeneo, and L'elisir d'amore and others on Opera on 3.

The Royal Opera Chorus and Plácido Domingo to make their West End LIVE debut this weekend

The Royal Opera Chorus and Plácido Domingo to make their West End LIVE debut this weekend

20 June 2014

Come and hear great choral moments from opera for free in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 June 2014.

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

10 March 2014

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

Recommended opera recordings: October 2013

Recommended opera recordings: October 2013

17 October 2013

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

Your reaction: Nabucco in cinemas

Your reaction: Nabucco in cinemas

30 April 2013

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

Plácido Domingo receives the Freedom of the City of London

Plácido Domingo receives the Freedom of the City of London

16 April 2013

Spanish singer and conductor honoured at Freedom ceremony.

Photos

Plácido Domingo

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

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

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Plácido Domingo Celebration © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012