Having performed in the world's most prestigious opera houses, recorded over 100 complete operas in six languages and having won 13 Grammy Awards, the tenor and conductor from Mexico City by way of Madrid is considered the leading lirico-spinto voice of the late 20th century. Placido Domingo, is well-known for his passionate acting and taste in song as well as his versatility - notably adding baritone roles to his area of expertise of late. At a young age Placido Domingo began his conservatory training in Mexico City, studying piano and conducting but soon moved into vocal training when his voice was discovered. Domingo has since held 147 roles in opera, more than any other tenor, and given 2600 performances.
Placido Domingo has given a voice to many operatic composers across the genre including but not limited to Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Puccini. His operatic debut was as Alfredo fromLa Traviata which followed with an American debut in 1961 as Arturo from Lucia di Lammermoor in Dallas, Texas. He debuted in New York City with the now defunct City Opera in the role of Pinkerton fromMadama Butterfly in 1965 and appeared again in New York in 1968 with a debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur. Domingo often performs in the top opera houses around the world including London’s Convent Garden, Paris’ Bastille Opera, San Francisco Opera, Real in Madrid and more.
In conjunction with vocal performance, Placido Domingo has conducted more than 500 opera and symphonic concerts at venues such as New York City’s The Met, LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic and more. Not only has he sung inLa Traviata but also conducted the opera at the New York City Opera in 1973. Additional conducting appearances includeLa Boheme in the 1984-85 season of the Metropolitan Opera as well asAida in 1998.
Placido Domingo has served as Broad General Director of LA Opera since 2000. In the same year he received the Kennedy Center Honors, the highest achievement for the arts in the United States.
Notable moments in Placido Domingo’s tenure as a tenor include appearing in the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, opening the Met Opera 21 times, voicing the role of Monte in Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua, celebrating his 70th birthday at a gala in Madrid attended by the Queen of Spain, and founding an international voice competition called Operalia.
Placido Doming has recorded 100 operas including Deutsche Grammophon’s complete Verdi operas and EMI’s albums that include Wagnerian roles.