Placido Domingo

Placido Domingo

His performance with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras in a series of stadium concerts called The Three Tenors
Plácido Domingo, an opera conductor and administrator as well as a singer, has appeared in 118 different roles – with the 119th scheduled for the spring of 2002 – more than any other tenor in the annals of music. His repertoire spans the gamut from Mozart to Verdi, from Berlioz to Puccini, from Wagner to Ginastera, from Spanish and Neapolitan melodies to contemporary pop songs, and he has preserved all of it a remarkable array of recordings, videos and films.For the 2001 holiday season, Domingo continues a tradition with the release of Our Favorite Things (SK/ST/SM 89468), a Christmas concert recorded live in Vienna last year featuring the tenor with guest artists Tony Bennett, Vanessa Williams and Charlotte Church. Our Favorite Things will also be available on home video in the VHS and DVD formats (SHV/SVD 89657). Domingo has frequently starred in the popular “Christmas in Vienna” concert series for Sony Classical. The previous edition featured the first-ever Christmas concert starring Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. The Three Tenors Christmas (SK/ST/SM 89131) is also available home video in the VHS and DVD formats (SHV/SVD 89063). Domingo's other recent recording for Sony Classical features his first-ever recorded performance of music by Gustav Mahler. He is joined by baritone Bo Skovhus in Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), Mahler's symphonic song cycle for two voices and orchestra, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The recording (SK 60646) features the rarely performed version of the score for tenor and baritone.For Sony Classical Domingo has created a diverse catalogue of recordings, from pop crossover bestsellers to complete operas. His Sony Classical recordings include Boito's Mefistofele, Charpentier's Louise, Puccini's La fanciulla del west, Madama Butterfly, La rondine, Il trittico, and Le Villi, Verdi's Aida, Luisa Miller and Il trovatore with James Levine and the Met forces, Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Mascagni's Iris, Massenet's Le Cid, Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Antonio Gomes's Il Guarany, Verdi's Requiem, as well as numerous crossover and recital discs including the best-selling video and audio recordings of live Christmas concerts in Vienna, bringing the singer together with such guest artists as José Carreras, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Charles Aznavour, Sissel Kirkjebø, Michael Bolton, Helmut Lotti, Riccardo Cocciante, Sarah Brightman, Ying Huang, Patricia Kaas and Alejandro Fernández with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Steven Mercurio.Plácido Domingo sings in every major opera house in the world. He has opened the Metropolitan Opera season eighteen times within the last thirty-one years, more than any other singer since Caruso. He adds to that total when he returns to the Met in the fall of 2001 with an opening-night Verdi gala. At the Met in 2001-2002, Domingo will sing the title role in Mozart's Idomeneo and star in the company premiere of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’sSly, as well as conducting performances of Rigoletto . Domingo’s engagements in the 2001-2002 season also include the opening of the season at Milan’s La Scala in a new production of Otello. He returns to La Scala later in the season in Samson et Dalila. Vienna will hear him in the title role of Parsifal, and he will sing The Queen of Spades at Covent Garden and in Washington, where he will also conduct Un ballo in maschera and Carmen. He will then take the Washington Opera on a tour of Japan, during which he will sing Otello and conduct Tosca. Domingo also continues to concertize alone and as part of The Three Tenors.Born in Madrid to parents who were zarzuela performers, Domingo moved to Mexico at the age of eight. After studying voice, piano and conducting at the Mexico City Conservatory, he made his operatic debut at Monterey as Alfredo in La traviata and then spent two and a half years with the Israel National Opera, singing 280 performances of twelve different roles. In 1966 he created the title role in the United States premiere of Ginastera's Don Rodrigo at the New York City Opera, while appearing there in the standard repertoire as well. His Metropolitan Opera debut came in 1968, as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur.He has subsequently appeared there in over four hundred performances of thirty-eight different roles and is now in his thirty-first consecutive season with the company. He appears regularly at all the large opera houses including La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, London's Covent Garden, the Opéra de la Bastille in Paris, the San Francisco Opera, Chicago's Lyric Opera, the Los Angeles Music Center Opera and at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals.His repertoire includes almost all the important parts in Italian and French operas. Being constantly challenged by new roles, his ever-expanding foray into the German repertoire consists of Wagner's Parsifal and Lohengrin and Siegmund in Die Walküre. He is also interested in broadening repertory with new compositions, such as Ginastera's Don Rodrigo and Menotti's Goya. New roles on his schedule for recent seasons include the leading tenor parts in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, Meyerbeer's Le Prophete and Britten's Peter Grimes.Domingo appears in concerts throughout the world, from the Far East to South America, from the United States to almost every country in Europe.He was the first classical artist to have a solo concert in New York's Central Park, which attracted close to 400,000 people despite bad weather. Last summer, The Tenors – Domingo and his tenor colleagues, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti – embarked on a world tour that began in Tokyo, continued to New York, London, Vienna and Goteborg, and ended in Düsseldorf.In recent seasons he has appeared with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, singing in Pagliacci and conducting Norma; with the Metropolitan Opera, singing in Fedora, Carmen and Die Walküre and conducting La traviata; with the Washington Opera, singing Gomes's forgotten opera Il Guarany; with London's Royal Opera at Covent Garden, singing Die Walküre and Simon Boccanegra, conducting Tosca and celebrating his twenty-fifth anniversary with the company in a gala concert in his honor; with the Vienna State Opera, singing in Idomeneo, Stiffelio and Otello; with the Zurich Opera, singing in Samson et Dalila; and with the Met on tour in Japan, singing in Pagliacci and conducting Carmen. There have been additional concerts in San Francisco, Vienna, South Africa, Osaka, San Diego, Dallas and Berlin and with Carreras and Pavarotti in Vancouver, Toronto and Modena (the latter as a benefit for rebuilding Venice’s Teatro Fenice, which was destroyed by fire). He also made his symphonic conducting debut in the United States by leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a series of subscription concerts.Domingo has earned eight GRAMMY Awards for his recordings, which inevitably appear on the bestseller charts; at one time, seven of his albums appeared simultaneously on Billboard's top-selling charts of classical and crossover recordings. Eight of his albums have gone gold (selling over 1 million copies). He has made more than 50 videos and three theatrically released films: Zeffirelli's La traviata and Otello, and Rosi's Carmen. His telecast of Tosca, from the authentic locations in Rome, was seen by more than one billion people in 117 different countries.As a conductor Domingo has led opera performances in all the major theatres, from the Metropolitan to London's Covent Garden and from the Vienna State Opera to the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. He has also conducted purely symphonic concerts and has made recordings as a conductor. As an administrator he was the music director of the Seville World Fair and in this capacity invited the world's foremost orchestras and opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, to Seville. He was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera eleven years ago and remains its music adviser and principal guest conductor. In addition, he is the artistic director of the Washington Opera.In addition to singing, conducting and administrating, Domingo is the man behind the international vocal competition Operalia, which takes place annually in Bordeaux.Plácido Domingo has raised millions of dollars through special benefit concerts in order to help the victims of the 1985 Mexican earthquake, AIDS and the victims of such other disasters as the Armenian earthquake and the mudslides of Acapulco. He is one of the most decorated and honored artists before the public today, and his most recent honor was being named a recipient of the 2000 Kennedy Center Honors. The accolades most often associated with him are "King of Opera," which was the banner headline on the cover of Newsweek magazine, and “a true renaissance man in music,” which Italy’s CSource:
I have always studied my parts with the orchestral score and not with the piano reduction.More Placido Domingo quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The public is a part of my real life.More Placido Domingo quotes [07/04/2011 03:07:00]
Honestly, if the public still wants to hear me in some works, I have to go down a half step.More Placido Domingo quotes [07/04/2011 03:07:52]
I feel at home in an orchestral score.More Placido Domingo quotes [07/04/2011 03:07:50]
If money was my only motivation, I would organize myself differently.More Placido Domingo quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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