The man with 147 faces
Did Plácido Domingo inherit his talent for music? His parents were zarzuela singers. It was in their band that his career as a singer and pianist began. In 1950 the Domingo family moved from Spain to Mexico. After Domingo finished his studies at the conservatory in Mexico City he started singing as a baritone on stage. His first debut as a tenor was 1961 in Mexico City in the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata”. His international career took off 1968 at the Metropolitan Opera playing Maurizio in Cilèa’s “Adriana Lecouvreur”. He didn’t only deliver stellar performances singing the grand tenor roles of Verdi’s and Puccini’s plays, with time he also sang Wagner pieces. In 1984 he sang the role of Lohengrin for the first time at the New York Met. After increasing his repertoire to more than 140 opera roles, Domingo returned to singing baritone in 2009. For now, he has already performed 147 roles in more than 3800 performances. Beyond that he proved his all-round musical talent as a conductor,as art director at the Los Angeles Opera and the founder of contests and other support programs for young musicians.