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Placido Domingo Plácido Domingo has appeared in 118 different roles, more than any other tenor in the annals of music, in a repertory spanning from Mozart to Verdi, Berlioz to Puccini, and Wagner to Ginastera. He has sung in every important opera house in the world and has made well over 100 recordings 95 of which are full-length operas, often recording the same role more than once, and has earned nine Grammys in the meanwhile. He has made more than 50 videos and three cinema films, namely Zeffirelli’s La traviata and Otello, and Rossi’s Carmen while his telecast of Tosca, filmed in authentic locations in Rome, was seen by more than 1 billion people in 117 different countries.

His performance with I Pagliacci to open the 1999/2000 Met season constituted his 18th opening night of a season and surpassed the record set by Caruso. As a conductor he has led opera performances in all the important houses, from New York's Metropolitan to London’s Covent Garden, from the Vienna State Opera to the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. He has also conducted symphonic concerts and made numerous recordings as a conductor. Domingo was music director of the Seville World’s Fair and in this capacity invited the world’s foremost orchestras and opera companies to the city. He was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera in 1984, and remained its music adviser and principal guest conductor until July 2000, when he became its artistic director. In addition, he has been artistic director of the Washington Opera since the 1996/97 season. As of the 2000/2001 season, he is also the artistic director of the Los Angeles Opera.

Plácido Domingo was born in 1941 in Madrid to parents who were Zarzuela performers and 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 Monterrey 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 of Ginastera’s Don Rodrigo in the American premiere at the New York City Opera. His Metropolitan Opera debut came in 1968, as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur and he has since appeared there in more than 600 performances of 41 different roles. Plácido Domingo is to be seen regularly at all the major opera houses including Milan’s La Scala, Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Opéra Paris-Bastille, San Francisco Opera, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Real in Madrid, and at the Bayreuth and the Salzburg Festivals.

Domingo's repertory not only includes almost all the important French and Italian opera roles but also German works such as Wagner's Parsifal, Lohengrin and Siegmund (Die Walküre), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tannhäuser, and Der fliegende Holländer, Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten und Weber’s Oberon and Beethoven’s Fidelio. He has further broadened his repertory to include new compositions such as Ginastera’s Don Rodrigo, Menotti’s Goya, and Anton Garcia Abril’s Divinas Palabras whose world-premiere performance re-opened the refurbished Teatro Real in October 1997. During his 30th anniversary season at the Met he added Gherman in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades to his repertoire which was not only his 113th role but also his first in Russian.

Plácido Domingo has appeared in concert throughout the world. He was the first classical artist to have a solo concert (attracting over 400,000 people despite bad weather) in New York’s Central Park, and together with his colleagues Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras "The Three Tenors" have been heard in concert all over the globe. Domingo has raised millions of dollars through special benefit concerts to help the victims of the 1985 Mexican earthquake, AIDS and of such other disasters as the Armenian earthquake and the mud-slides of Acapulco.

In addition to singing, conducting and being an administrator, he is the man behind "Operalia", the biggest annual international vocal competition, which he inaugurated in 1993 and which so far has taken place in Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, Bordeaux, Tokyo, Hamburg, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles.

Plácido Domingo has recorded with Deutsche Grammophon for more than 25 years. His discography includes not only the most important operas of Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod, Massenet, Mascagni, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Saint-Saëns, Verdi and Wagner, but also French and Italian arias, lieder and tangos.