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Placido Domingo Celebrates His 70th Birthday Today

 70 years ago today, a baby was born in Madrid ,the son of two of Spain's leading stars of the Zarzuela,or traditional Spanish operetta , and  as they say,the rest is history. Placido Domingo grew up in Mexico ,studied at the Mexico City conservatory and went on to become on of the greatest opera singers of all time, not to mention a conductor and administrator of opera companies in Los Angeles and Washington .

  At an age when most opera singers have retired , Domingo is still singing a wide variety of roles at the world's top opera houses ,and his beautiful, silvery and ringing voice has preserved its luster to an amazing degree. He has even branched out into performing baritone roles such as Simon Boccanegra and Rigoletto ,as he originally began training as a baritone.

  Domingo has sung and recorded an amazing variety of roles in operas ranging from Handel and Mozart to contemporary composers ,in Italian,French,German,Russian,English and Spanish, as well as giving numerous song recitals and appearing with top symphony orchestras in oratorios and other works. 

  He has recorded almost all of the most famous tenor roles in who knows how many complete recordings of operas by Verdi,Puccini, Donizetti, Rossini, Wagner,Bizet, Gounod,Offenbach, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, and many other composers ,and performed under the baton of just about every great conductor of our time,including Levine,Muti, Abbado, Karajan,Solti, Maazel, Barenboim, Bernstein, Kleiber, Pappano, Gergiev, and others.

  He has been a regular at the Metropolitan opera, La Scala in Milan, the Royal opera in London,the Vienna State opera , and everywhere ,and has conducted a wide variety of operas there in addition.  There seems to be nothing he can't do, and opera fans all over the world have been his fervent admirers for decades .  Check out the website for more information .Happy birthday indeed !

Posted: Jan 21 2011, 11:05 AM by the horn | with no comments
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