Placido Domingo: The King Of Opera

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Placido Domingo is generally known as “the King of Opera”, as he is one of the most famous singers and composers of all time. Born on January 21, 1941, in Madrid, Spain, Domingo grew up in a very music oriented family. Both of his parents were singers of Spanish operas, and toured all around Spain with a troupe. When he was around the age of eight years old, he received his first piano lessons. He moved with his parents down to Mexico so they could start up their own zarzuela group, which helped him learn all the basics of musical theatre. There are rumors that Domingo also made some of his first stage appearances during his parents’ productions.
When Domingo was a teenager, he enrolled at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City.
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For one, he holds a world record in the Guinness Book of Records for the size of his repertoire as well as receiving one hundred and one curtain calls after his performance of Verdi’s Ortello in Vienna. On top of this, he has been awarded all over the world for his contributions to opera, as the article states, “Plácido Domingo has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the United States as well as the titles of Commandant of the Legion of Honor in France, Honorary Knight of the British Empire, and both Grande Ufficiale and Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. He has received multiple honorary doctorates from Oxford University as well as New York University, for his lifelong commitment and contribution to music and the arts. In October 2009, King Carl Gustaf of Sweden presented him with the first Birgit Nilsson Prize (at one million dollars, the most generous prize in the world of classical music) for his outstanding achievements in opera” (Berg, 2015). These are just a small fraction of the awards and honors Domingo has been assigned, as he is one of the most, if not the most, accomplished opera stars of modern …show more content…
With his great success with The Three Tenors, he subconsciously created a whole new type of opera, generally called “stadium classical” or “popera”, which brought back life to the modern age of opera. It featured great big vocal sounds, large orchestras, in a time setting that sounds more like the past than the present. Although their first performance at Dodgers Stadium was more than twenty years ago, the charisma and creativity of his works still dominate the marketplace of modern

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