Plácido Domingo’s birthday
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born 21 January 1941 in Madrid
José Plácido Domingo Embil is a Spanish tenor, conductor and opera administrator whose resonant, powerful tenor voice, imposing physical stature, good looks, and dramatic ability made him one of the most popular tenors of his time.
In 1961 Domingo made his operatic debut in Mexico City and then went to Dallas to perform in its opera company. From 1962 to 1965 he was a resident performer at Tel Aviv’s Hebrew National Opera. He made his debut at the New York City Opera in 1965, at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in 1968 (subsequently becoming a regular performer there), and at La Scala in Milan in 1969. Over the course of an opera career that lasted more than 45 years, Domingo sang an unprecedented number of different roles—more than 120—and he continued to learn new parts into his 60s.
In 1993 he founded an international competition, Operalia, to help young opera singers launch their careers.
Over the course of his own career, he received a dozen Grammy Awards in several categories as well as a Kennedy Center Honor (2000), the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002), and an honorary British knighthood (2002) among many other honors.
Domingo’s autobiography, My First Forty Years, was published in 1983.
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