Born in Madrid in 1941 to parents who were zarzuela performers, Plácido Domingo was brought to Mexico at the age of eight. He attended Mexico City’s Conservatory of Music and made his debut at eighteen with Mexico’s National Opera; his first performance as a leading tenor took place two years later. In 1965, after three seasons with the Israel National Opera, he launched his international career, and since then he has performed at all of the world’s most prestigious opera houses.
His vocal repertoire encompasses 150 stage roles – a number unmatched by any other celebrated singer in opera history. The list includes not only tenor roles but also some of principal baritone roles which he has added during the recent years. His more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets, and crossover discs have earned him 12 Grammy Awards, including three Latin Grammys. He has made more than 50 music videos and won two Emmy Awards. In 1990, he and his colleagues José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti formed the Three Tenors, performing with enormous success all over the world and attracting millions of new fans to opera.
He has conducted more than 500 opera performances and symphonic concerts with the world’s major orchestras including Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
He is the former General Director of Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, to both of which he gave a fundamental impulse to bring them into the “major league” of American opera ensembles.
Plácido Domingo has always shown a special interest and commitment in helping young singers. Knowing a lot about difficulties the young artists face as they start their career, he created Operalia in 1993, with the goal to help and promote the new generations of opera singers. He later co-created Young Artist programs in Washington, Los Angeles, and Valencia, Spain.