55 Facts About Placido Domingo

1. Placido Domingo has especially tried to aid the development of young opera singers' careers.

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2. Placido Domingo supports the Hear the World initiative as an ambassador to raise awareness for the topic of hearing and hearing loss.

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3. In June 2010 Placido Domingo became President of Europa Nostra, the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe, which helps to promote European high culture.

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4. Since the earthquake, Placido Domingo has continued to do charitable work in Mexico and other countries.

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5. Placido Domingo released an album of one of the events for charity.

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6. In 1986, Placido Domingo performed at several benefit concerts to raise funds for the victims of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.

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7. In 2012, Placido Domingo was voted into Gramophone's first Hall of Fame.

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8. In 1978, when Placido Domingo was only 37, the city of Madrid dedicated a commemorative plaque at his birthplace at 34 Calle Ibiza near the Buen Retiro Park.

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9. Placido Domingo continues to add more roles to his repertoire, most recently performing as Schicchi in Puccini's one-act opera Gianni Schicchi in September 2015.

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10. Placido Domingo has appeared in more operas by Giuseppe Verdi than any other composer.

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11. Placido Domingo was referenced several times throughout the sitcom series Everybody Loves Raymond as Raymond's mother, Marie's, favorite opera singer.

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12. Placido Domingo provided the voice for an animated version of himself in the episode "Homer of Seville", which revolves around Homer Simpson becoming an opera singer.

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13. In 2007, Placido Domingo had a cameo role on The Simpsons, the longest running American scripted prime time television series and winner of over thirty Emmy Awards.

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14. In December 1992, Placido Domingo collaborated with fellow operatic tenor and friend Jose Carreras and pop music legend Diana Ross in a televised Christmas-themed concert.

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15. Placido Domingo appeared as Manolo's great-grandfather in the animated film The Book of Life in 2014.

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16. In 2008, Placido Domingo provided the voice of the long-haired Chihuahua named Montezuma in Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

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17. Placido Domingo was heard performing the song "In Pace", during the closing credits of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.

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18. Placido Domingo has appeared often in televised performances from other opera houses.

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19. Placido Domingo has recorded some sacred music, a collection of Argentine tangos, an album of Broadway show tunes, selections from Viennese operettas, and several zarzuelas, as well as zarzuela romanzas and duets.

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20. Placido Domingo devoted two more of his albums, Adoro and 100 anos de Mariachi (1999), solely to Mexican music.

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21. Since the early 1980s, Placido Domingo has released several Latin albums, including two featuring the music of Mexican songwriter, Agustin Lara.

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22. Placido Domingo would record with Milnes several more times, in both full operas and recital discs.

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23. On 29 August 1957 at age 16, Placido Domingo married a fellow piano student, Ana Maria Guerra Cue.

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24. Placido Domingo was born to Placido Francisco Domingo Ferrer and Josefa "Pepita" Embil Echaniz (28 February 1918—28 August 1994), two Spanish zarzuela stars who nurtured his early musical abilities.

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25. Placido Domingo attempted to quash criticism in East Coast newspapers that he was taking on too much when the singer gave an interview in the Los Angeles Times in which he restated his long-time motto, "When I rest, I rust".

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26. Placido Domingo assumed the position of General Director of the company in 2003.

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27. Placido Domingo began an affiliation with the Washington National Opera in 1986, when he appeared in its world premiere production of Menotti's Goya.

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28. In March 2011, Placido Domingo cancelled an engagement in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon in support of the theatre's musicians, who were on strike.

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29. On 24 August 2008, Placido Domingo performed a duet with Song Zuying, singing Ai de Huoyan at the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Beijing.

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30. On 13 May 2012, Placido Domingo performed during Real Madrid's season-ending celebrations, when the team won their 32nd Spanish league title.

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31. Placido Domingo presented the song live at the Bernabeu Stadium during celebrations of the soccer club's 100 year anniversary.

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32. Placido Domingo continued to sing these roles for almost two decades, including at the Bayreuth Festival.

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33. Placido Domingo had encouraged Menotti to make the opera about the Spanish painter Francisco Goya, whose life fascinated the singer.

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34. Placido Domingo had just recovered from the flu at the time.

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35. Placido Domingo performed the role at the Vienna State Opera in 1985 and 1990.

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36. Placido Domingo found La traviata to be "impressive", but expressed displeasure over cuts to the music in Zeffirelli's Otello.

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37. Placido Domingo considered Carmen the best of the three, although he disagreed with the director's "low conception" of his character.

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38. In 1984, Placido Domingo filmed the role of Don Jose in Francesco Rosi's movie version of Carmen in his native Spain.

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39. Placido Domingo had worked with the film's director, former Academy Award nominee Franco Zeffirelli, previously in staged opera productions.

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40. Placido Domingo was interviewed on many talk shows and news programs, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and 60 minutes.

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41. Placido Domingo has conducted operas and occasionally symphony orchestras as well.

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42. In September 1975, Placido Domingo debuted in the title role of Verdi's Otello at the Hamburg State Opera.

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43. Placido Domingo continued to sing the part for many years, especially at the Met and in Vienna, eventually performing it more than any other of his roles.

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44. Placido Domingo has now sung at practically every important opera house and festival worldwide.

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45. Placido Domingo was hired to make his New York debut as Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen with the company, but his debut came earlier than expected on 17 June 1965 when he filled in for an ailing tenor at the last minute in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

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46. In 1961, Placido Domingo made his operatic debut in a leading role as Alfredo in La traviata at the Teatro Maria Teresa Montoya in Monterrey.

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47. Placido Domingo provided song arrangements and backup vocals for Los Camisas Negras in the late 1950s, a rock-and-roll band led by Cesar Costa.

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48. Placido Domingo acted in a few small parts while at the theater in plays by Federico Garcia Lorca, Luigi Pirandello, and Anton Chekhov.

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49. Placido Domingo made his debut in Verdi's Otello at Bellas Artes at age 21 in the summer of 1962 not in the title role for which he has now been internationally famous for decades as one of its greatest interpreters, but in the small comprimario part of Cassio.

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50. Placido Domingo was accepted at the National Opera as a tenor comprimario and as a tutor for other singers.

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51. In 1957, at age sixteen, Placido Domingo made his first professional appearance, accompanying his mother on the piano at a concert at Merida, Yucatan.

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52. Placido Domingo was born on 21 January 1941 in the Retiro district of Madrid, Spain.

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53. Placido Domingo starred in many cinematically released and televised opera movies, particularly under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli.

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54. Placido Domingo has achieved significant success as a crossover artist, especially in the genres of Latin and popular music.

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55. Placido Domingo has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

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