Best known for his extraordinary and adaptable voice, Plácido Domingo is a Spanish singer (tenor), conductor and manager. For over 50 years, he has sung nearly 4,000 melodies and around 147 performances. He has worked with musicians, Spaniards, artists, and Grammy winners.
Placido has been portrayed by the International Press as “King of Opera music,” and he is a champion among the best tenors ever. He started in Mexico and Israel before changing into a rising star in the melodic sensation world in the 1960’s. In 1983, he won his first Grammy Award and showed up in his initial film at La Traviata. Placido later joined with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras to perform and record as “The Three Tenors.”
Early Life And Career
Born on January 21, 1941, in Madrid, Spain, Plácido Domingo experienced youthfulness in a melodic family. Both of his kin were skilled workers of zarzuela, or Spanish operettas, who visited with other singers. He then moved with his kin to Mexico when he was eight. There, his family began their own particular zarzuela gathering.
As an adolescent, Domingo sought to be a conductor, studying piano, but later moved his obsession to singing. At 18, he got a small part in a National Opera creation. He gave his first execution as a tenor in 1961, playing Alfredo in La Traviata in Monterrey. Domingo and his second partner Marta, continued to join the Israel National Opera in the mid-1960s. He remained there for three seasons, managing 12 extraordinary parts amidst his residency.
In the mid-1960s, Domingo auditioned for the New York City Opera. He later told the Los Angeles Times that these early appearances “were what truly began my general calling”. Before long, Placido was additionally appearing at the Metropolitan Opera and at other melodic performance houses the world over.
Placido made another exceptional presentation in 1973 as a conductor for the New York City Opera’s La Traviata. He soon added ‘motion picture star’ to his rundown of credits, in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1983 film adjustment of La Traviata. The singer won a Grammy Award that same year for best melodic show recording.
The next year, Placido depicted another surprising melodic show character on the wide screen in Carmen (1984), in which he played Don José. That same year, he was awarded a Grammy Award for best Latin pop execution for ‘Always in My Heart’.
Rejoining with Zeffirelli, Domingo showed up in Otello (1986). Conceivably more than another part, he has been most enthusiastically connected with the title character in this melodic show based on a catastrophe by William Shakespeare. He changed into a successfully recognized name after his joint effort with two other melodic show stars in the 1990s. In 1990, he sang with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, which was a significant hit and earned the trio a Grammy Award for best standard vocal execution.
Placido’s Current Projects
Domingo has understood the cliché: “on the off chance that I rest, I rust.” Now in his seventies, Domingo hasn’t let hardships such as colon cancer surgery in 2010 and an pulminary embolism in 2013 force him into retirement. He has done a lot of humanitarian work and founded ‘Operalia’, a competition for aspring young opera singers, where the winner has the chance to sing with various opera ensembles worldwide.
Placido Domingo has garnered much respect for his works, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and an uncommon British knighthood, both of which he got in 2002. In 2009, he won the Birgit Nilsson Prize, earning him $1 million for his melodic accomplishments. In 2016, he performed for the Esperanza Azteca Los Angeles Youth Orchestra to support young musicians in L.A. As of today, he is the general director at the Los Angeles Opera, where he also conducts concerts and operas.