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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 fame 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. In 1993 he founded Operalia, a competition to discover and help launch the careers of the best young opera singers in the world.

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.

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News and features

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Why did Schlesinger’s production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann hog the headlines?

28 November 2016

Sex scenes, scandal and sensational headlines: the ROH Collections team delve into the archives to uncover the buzz around this iconic production, 36 years on from its premiere.

Life after dance: Why hanging up dancing shoes needn't be the end of a career

Life after dance: Why hanging up dancing shoes needn't be the end of a career

28 October 2016

Two former dancers share how Dancers' Career Development helped them into new vocations beyond the stage.

Interactive: Join the Royal Opera Chorus in 360 degrees

Interactive: Join the Royal Opera Chorus in 360 degrees

7 October 2016

A new virtual reality experience allows you to step on stage with the Royal Opera Chorus as they build up to opening night of Verdi’s Nabucco.

Photos

Peter Glossop as Marcello, Plácido Domingo as Rodolfo, Katia Ricciarelli as Mimì, Thomas Allen as Shaunard and Gwynne Howard as Colline in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1974

Katia Ricciarelli as Mimí and Plácido Domingo as Rodolfo in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1974

Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo and Francesco Meli in I due Foscari

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

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

Lise Davidsen, Plácido Domingo and Ioan Hotea at Operalia 2015

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, Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Ivan Magrì as Jacopo 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

Guanqun Yu as Lucrezia Contarini, Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Ivan Magrì as Jacopo Foscari in I due Foscari

Plácido Domingo as Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco

Plácido Domingo as Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco

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 Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo Celebration

Plácido Domingo and Samuel Sakker in I due Foscari, The Royal Opera

Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta and Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari