Spanish Classical Music

Artists of Classical Music
  • Andrés Segovia
  • Antonio Soler
  • Enrique Granados
  • José Carreras
  • Manuel de Falla
  • Pablo Casals
  • Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo (1941 - )

Spanish opera star, Plácido Domingo, was born on January 21, 1941 in Madrid and is renowned worldwide as one of the greatest tenors in history. At the young age of eight he moved with his parents to Mexico City to study music at the Conservatory, focusing especially on the piano, song, composition and orchestra conducting. It was here that he debuted as an opera singer alongside his parents (famous Zarzuela performers at the time).

In the next few years, Domingo sang as a member of the Israeli National Opera, appearing in opera houses all over the world, such as Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna and many more. In 1965 he sang at the New York City Opera for the first time, and three years later at the Metropolitan Opera. Domingo was by then regarded as one of the greatest tenors of his time and countless performances all over the world followed at an exhausting pace.

Among his most applauded performances were the Italian operas by Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi. He also performed in Bizet's “Carmen” and in operas by Richard Wagner, appearing in recordings of many opera house productions. Since 1973 audiences began to enjoy his conducting skills for the first time when he led the orchestra through the “La Traviata” Opera.

Since 1990 Plácido Domingo delighted audiences around the world along with fellow countryman <link>José Carreras and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, appearing in their “Three Tenor” concerts. In 1996 Domingo was artistic director of the Washington Opera and in 2000, of the Los Angeles Opera.