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Plácido Domingo receives the Freedom of the City of London

Spanish singer and conductor honoured at Freedom ceremony.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

16 April 2013 at 2.46pm | 4 Comments

Plácido Domingo was honoured by the City of London Corporation today, in a ceremony held at the Lord Mayor’s official residence, The Mansion House. Last night was the first of four appearance at the Royal Opera House by Domingo in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco.

Domingo’s performance as Nabucco is his 142nd operatic role in an illustrious career that began in 1959, when he was 18 years old.  Domingo has lately performed baritone as well as tenor roles in addition to conducting opera performances.

Speaking from Los Angeles, ahead of preparations for his performance in Nabucco at the Royal Opera House, Plácido Domingo said:

'It is an honour and a privilege to be given the Freedom of the City of London. I am delighted to be in the prestigious company of J. K. Rowling, Sir Michael Caine and my dear friend and colleague, the late Luciano Pavarotti, among various other much-admired and well-respected Freemen.

I am blessed to have amassed and nurtured an enduring relationship with London and its wonderfully cultivated audience for more than 42 years.

'I am proud of having once called Chelsea a home, and having embedded so much of my history here through singing over 200 opera performances of over 20 roles at the Royal Opera House, and of having done numerous full opera recordings at Walthamstow Recording Studios. I am now filled with emotion and gratitude.'

Alderman Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said:

'The Freedom of the City of London is a very special and ancient tradition, bestowed to recognize remarkable contribution to the life of London and our global community.  We are honoured to welcome Plácido Domingo to join the fellowship of men and women who have been recognised by the City of London as being at the forefront of business, politics, sport and the arts.'

Plácido Domingo was nominated for the Freedom by Alderman Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, both of whom are members of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, one of the City’s historic livery companies.

Nabucco runs 6 – 30 June 2016. Tickets are still available.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

16 April 2013 at 2.46pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged award, by Daniele Abbado, City of London, Lord Mayor, Nabucco, Placido Domingo, Production

This article has 4 comments

  1. Jackob Hum responded on 20 April 2013 at 9:38pm Reply

    God bless the Maestro Domingo!!

  2. Lord James Booth. responded on 29 April 2013 at 1:27pm Reply

    I congratulate Placido Domingo on becoming a fellow
    freeman of the city of london. I was made a freeman of
    The City Of London in 2011 in memory of my late father:
    John Booth FRCS {who tragically passed away in 2005}.
    My father was the medical specialist to The Royal Opera House and looked after singers such as Dame
    Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. I feel deeply proud to
    be maintaining the famous family ROH tradition. We salute you Placido, you are my heartthrob. Well Done. Thank you Placido for the amount of happinness and pleasure you have given to millions of people including myself. Keep singing.

  3. Well done Placido in receiving The Historic Freedom of
    The City of London.I became a freeman of The City of London in 2011 in memory of my late father:john Booth
    FRCS,who was The ENT Specialist for The Royal Opera
    House before my late mother:carroll was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1996.Both my grandfather:ivor
    griffiths and my dad looked after famous singers :Dame
    Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti.i feel deeply proud to be following in my families footsteps as their ROH Ambassador/representative.my wife:Zoe and i are off to the cinema tonight to see placido.We are very much looking forward to it.

  4. I can think of no artist more deserving of this honour than Maestro Domingo, who has thrilled audiences at the ROH and around the world, for so many years, and been an inspiration and shining example to singers of all ages during his long and glittering career. Long may it continue!

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