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Encyclopedia > Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo (born January 21, 1941) is a famous Spanish opera singer. Though he started off his career as a baritone, he quickly retrained as a tenor and became well-known for a voice that was versatile, strong and possessed of a ringing and clear tone throughout its range; his repertoire includes roles in French (Faust, Werther), German (Lohengrin, Parsifal) and Italian (Il Trovatore, Don Carlo, Otello). In recent years, Domingo has also turned his hand to conducting opera. He also been appointed artistic director of two opera companies, first the Washington Opera and later the Los Angeles Opera. Plácido Domingo This work is copyrighted. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The foyer of Charles Garniers Opéra, Paris, opened 1875 Opera is an art form consisting of a dramatic stage performance set to music. ... In music, a baritone is a male voice of intermediate pitch, between bass and tenor. ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice (although not as high as a countertenor). ... Faust is the protagonist of a popular German tale that has been used as the basis for many different fictional works. ... Werther is an opera by Jules Massenet. ... Lohengrin is a romantic opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. ... Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. ... Il Trovatore is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, with text by Cammerano. ... Don Carlos is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. ... Otello is the name of operas by Gioacchino Rossini (1816) and Giuseppe Verdi (1887). ... A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... The Washington National Opera is a world-class opera company in Washington, D.C., USA, Its artistic director is the Spanish tenor, Plácido Domingo. ... The Los Angeles Opera is an opera company in Los Angeles, California. ...

Domingo was born in Madrid, Spain, but moved to Mexico as a child with his family, who ran a zarzuela company . In Mexico City he studied music at the National Conservatory. He learned piano and conducting, but made his stage debut as a tenor in 1959 as Alfredo in La Traviata in Monterrey, México. In 1962 he joined the Israeli National Opera, and first performed at the Met in New York in 1965. He made his debut at La Scala in 1969 and at Covent Garden in 1971. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2000. Coat of arms The Plaza de España square Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the center of the country at 40°25′ N 3°45′ W. Population of the city of Madrid proper was 3,093,000 (Madrilenes, madrileños) as of 2003 estimates. ... Zarzuela (IPA /θarθwela/) is the Spanish lyrical opera. ... Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the federal capital of, and largest city in, Mexico. ... This article is about the modern musical instrument. ... A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... La Traviata is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. ... The Metropolitan Opera is located at Lincoln Center in New York, New York. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... La Scala The Teatro alla Scala (or La Scala for short), in Milan, Italy, is one of the worlds most famous opera houses. ... Covent Garden is a shopping and entertainment complex in central London. ... The Kennedy Center Honors have been awarded annually, since 1978 by the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1981 Domingo gained considerable recognition outside of the opera world when he recorded the song "Perhaps Love" as a duet with the late American folk/pop music singer John Denver. He became a household name in 1990 when, with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, he participated in the The Three Tenors concert at the opening of the 1990 World Cup in Rome. The event was originally conceived to raise money for Carreras's foundation and was later repeated a number of times to mixed critical response. Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and mostly distributed commercially. ... John Denver John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (born October 12, 1935), is one of the most famous living opera singers. ... The Catalan tenor José Carreras (born December 5, 1946) is a famous opera singer much admired for his Verdi and Puccini roles. ... The Three Tenors is how noted operatic tenors Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti are billed when they perform together. ... The 1990 Football World Cup was held in Italy. ... Location within Italy The Roman Colosseum Rome (Italian and Latin: Roma) is the capital city of Italy and of its Latium region. ...

Domingo has appeared in at least three opera videos of note: Carmen, Otello, and "La Traviata". He has appeared on television, both in "Zarzuela" evenings, and "Live at the Met" broadcasts. Among his many recordings is a boxed set of every tenor aria Verdi wrote, including several rarely-performed versions, in different languages from the original operas, which Verdi wrote for specific performances. Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. ... La Traviata is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. ...

External link

  • Plácido Domingo's website (http://www.placidodomingo.com)



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