Plácido Domingo

domingo-150Plácido Domingo has been a star in the world of opera for decades, both as a tenor, and more recently as a conductor, and artistic administrator.

He was born in 1941 in Madrid, but his family moved to Mexico when he was eight years old. His parents were zarzuela performers, and he began to study piano and conducting at Mexico City’s Conservatory of Music, before becoming a serious singer.

His first leading role (as Alfredo in La Traviata) was in 1961 in Mexico, in Monterrey, and sang with the Israel National Opera in Tel Aviv for 3 seasons, before his international career truly began in 1965.

He has sung 130 stage roles in opera houses throughout the world, and his recordings have won him 11 Grammy Awards, and two Latin Grammy Awards.

As one of the "Three Tenors" with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, he helped bring opera to a wider audience, and increase its popularity. He has staged benefit concerts to help the victims of the 1985 earthquake in Mexico, and the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Domingo has also helped to promote the careers of promising young artists, by creating the Operalia World Opera Contest and several other high-profile student programs to help young talented singers reach the operatic stage.

He is the General Director of Washington National Opera, and also the Los Angeles Opera, and has continued to perform, recently adding the baritone leading role of Simon Boccanegra to his repertoire.