Placido Domingo

Composers

Biography

Born: January 21, 1941   Country: Spain  
Plácido Domingo's parents were both singers of zarzuela, Spain's distinctive national form of musical theater. They founded their own zarzuela troupe in Mexico, where Plácido appeared with them in child roles. He studied voice with Carlo Morelli at Mexico's National Conservatory (1955-1957), and took the small role of Borsa in Verdi's Rigoletto with the National Opera in Mexico City in 1959. His first appearance in a leading tenor role was as Read more Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1961, and he made his U.S. debut the same year as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Dallas Civic Opera.

Domingo's New York debut was as Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the New York City Opera, October 17, 1965. After a 1966 stadium performance, his debut on the Metropolitan Opera stage occurred on September 28, 1968, as Maurice de Saxe in Adriana Lecouvreur. His first appearances at major houses such as Milan's La Scala (1968), the Vienna State Opera (1967), and London's Covent Garden (1971) established him as one of the greatest lyric tenors of his time, and, remarkably, as a formidable dramatic tenor besides. He has a bright, forceful voice, excellent stage presence, and superb musicianship, studying his parts from full orchestral score when possible. Commanding one of the largest active repertories among his contemporaries, he is often called upon as an emergency substitute. In one memorable case he flew from Europe to San Francisco, studying his part while in the air. He was met by a limousine and changed into his costume while traveling to the opera house by police escort.

Domingo is noted for his musical interests beyond singing. He began conducting, making his debut with La Traviata at the New York City Opera in 1973. He conducted La Bohème at the Met, and commissioned the opera Goya, on the life of the great Spanish painter, from Gian-Carlo Menotti, appearing as the painter in the work's premiere in Washington, D.C. If he had taken up conducting as a hedge against vocal decline, the measure proved unnecessary. Little diminishment is evident in his singing; he has used the darkening of his voice to his advantage, moving further into the dramatic tenor repertoire and even taking on Wagnerian roles such as Lohengrin, Parsifal, and Tristan. He has been especially identified with Verdi's Otello, and appeared in the work's official 100th anniversary performance at La Scala in 1987.

For much of his career he was put forward as a rival with his near-contemporaries, the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and fellow Spaniard José Carreras. When Carreras was hospitalized for leukemia in the 1980s, Pavarotti and Domingo both visited him, and the three brought to an end whatever rivalry might actually have existed. After Carreras' recovery, the three operatic stars formed an unprecedented partnership founded on their common love of soccer. They united every four years at the World Cup tournament for a monster gala concert called "The Three Tenors." The compact discs and video releases of these events then went on to become immense best sellers.

In later years Domingo appeared in concerts for Mexican earthquake relief and AIDS benefits, and has sung and conducted increasingly in zarzuela presentations, on stage and in recordings. In 1993, he founded the "Operalia" competition for young singers. He also turned to administration, becoming artistic director for the Washington Opera (1996) and the Los Angeles Opera (2000). Read less

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Composers

Biography

Born: January 21, 1941   Country: Spain  
Plácido Domingo's parents were both singers of zarzuela, Spain's distinctive national form of musical theater. They founded their own zarzuela troupe in Mexico, where Plácido appeared with them in child roles. He studied voice with Carlo Morelli at Mexico's National Conservatory (1955-1957), and took the small role of Borsa in Verdi's Rigoletto with the National Opera in Mexico City in 1959. His first appearance in a leading tenor role was as Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Sinfonia
"Qual v'ha speme?"
"Il Re! Nel suo bel volto"
"Sotto una quercia parvemi"
"V'ha dunque un loco simile"
"Pondo è letal, martiro"
"Gelo, terrore m'invade!"
"Oh, ben s'addice questo torbido cielo"
"Sempre all'alba ed alla sera"
"Paventi, Carlo, tu forse?"
"Tu sei bella"
"Pronta sono!...Son guerriera"
"Ai lari!..Alla patria!"
"Questa rea che vi percuote"
"Franco son io, ma in core"
"So che per via di triboli"
"Qui! Qui...dove più s'apre libero il cielo"
"O fatidica foresta"
"Ho risolto - E in tal momenti"
"T'arretri e palpiti!"
"Taci!...Le vie traboccano"
"Vieni al tempio"
"Dal cielo a noi chi viene"
"Ecco il luogo"
"...Speme al vecchio era una figlia"
"Te, Dio, Iodiam"
"Compiuto è il rito!...Non fuggir, donzella!"
"No! forme d'angelo...L'amaro calice sommessa io bevo"
"Ti discolpa!...Imbianca e tace!"
"I Franci!...Oh qual mi scuote rumor di guerra?"
"A lui pensa!...Amai, ma un solo istante"
"Tu che all'eletto Sàulo"
"Or dal padre benedetta"
"Ecco! Ella vola - Presa è la rocca"
"Di novel prodigio il ciel ne arrise"
"Quale più fido amico"
"Un suon funereo"
"Che mai fu? ...S'apre il cielo"
Preludio
Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duca, Borsa)
"Questa o quella...Partite? Crudele!"
Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duca, Borsa, Rigoletto, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Duetto. "Quel vecchio maledivami!" (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)
"Pari siamo!... io la lingua"
"Figlia!" / "Mio padre!" (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Già da tre lune son qui venuta
Scena e Duetto. "Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi" (Gilda, Giovanna, Duca)
"E il sol dell'anima"
"Che m'ami, deh! ripetimi" - "Addio... speranza ed anima" (Duca, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa, Giovanna)
"Gualtier Maldè ... Caro nome..." / "Miratela"
Scena e Coro - Finale I. "Riedo!... perché?" / "Silencio...all'opra" (Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo)
Zitti, zitti, muoviamo a vendetta (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Gilda, Rigoletto, Coro)
Ella mi fu rapita!
Parmi veder le lagrime
"Duca, Duca! L'amante fu rapita a Rigoletto" / "Ebben?" (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Duca, Coro)
Possente amor mi chiama (Duca, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
"Povero Rigoletto!"
Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
Scena e Duetto: "Mio padre!" / "Dio! Mia Gilda!" (Gilda, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Tutte le feste al tempio (Gilda, Rigoletto)
Ah! Solo per me l'infamia (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Poiché fosti invano da me maledetto
"E l'ami?" / "Sempre" (Rigoletto, Gilda, Duca, Sparafucile)
"La donna è mobile"
"Un dì, se ben rammentomi"
Bella figlia dell'amore
"M'odi, ritorna a casa"
"Maddalena?" / "Aspettate" (Duca, Maddalena, Sparafucile)
È amabile invero cotal giovinotto (Maddalena, Sparafucile, Gilda)
Della vendetta alfin giunge l'istante (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Duca)
Chi è mai, chi è qui in sua vece? (Rigoletto, Gilda)
"V'ho ingannato"
"Licht über'm See"
"Amme, wachst du?"
"Ist mein Liebster dahin?"
"Wie soll ich denn nicht weinen?"
"Amme, um alles, wo find' ich dein Schatten"
Erdenflug
"Dieb! Da nimm!"
"Sie aus dem Hause"
"Dritthalb Jahr bin ich dein Weib"
"Was wollt' ich hier?"
"Ach, Herrin, süße Herrin!"
"Hat es dich blutige Tränen gekostet"
"Mutter, Mutter, laß uns nach Hause!"
"Trag ich die Ware selber zu Markt"
"Sie haben es mir gesagt"
"Komm bald wieder nach Haus, mein Gebieter"
"Was ist nun deine Rede"
Orchesterzwischenspiel (Orchestral Interlude)
"Falke, Falke, du Wiedergefundener"
"Stille, o weh, Falke, o weh!"
"Es gibt derer, die haben immer Zeit"
"Schlange, was hab ich"
"Ein Handwerk wehrtest du sicher nicht"
"Wer da?"
"Sieh - Amme - sieh"
"Zum Lebenswasser!"
"Wehe, mein Mann!"
"Es dunkelt, daß ich nicht sehe zur Arbeit"
"Es gibt derer"
"Das Weib ist irre"
"Barak, ich hab' es nicht getan!"
"Schweigt doch, ihr Stimmen!"
"Mir anvertraut"
"Auf, geh nach oben, Mann"
"Sie kommen!"
"Fort mit uns!"
"Aus unsern Taten steigt ein Gericht"
"Was Menschen bedürfen"
"Keikobad! Deine Dienerin"
"Weh uns Armen!"
"Vater, bist du's?"
"Goldenen Trank"
"Ach! Weh mir! Mein Liebster starr!"
"Wenn das Herz aus Kristall"
"Sind das die Cherubim"
"Engel sind's, die von sich sagen"
"Trifft mich sein Lieben nicht"
"Nun will ich jubeln"
"Vater, dir drohet michts"


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