Domingo, Plácido [Placido]
- Walter Aaron Clark
(b Madrid, Spain, Jan 21, 1941). Spanish tenor. Both his mother and father were zarzuela singers. The family left Madrid for Mexico City in 1950, where he studied piano, conducting, and singing. Domingo made his debut as a baritone in the zarzuela Gigantes y cabezudos in 1957; his first major tenor role was Alfredo in La traviata four years later in Monterrey, Mexico. That same year he made his US debut in Dallas as Arturo in Lucia de Lammermoor. During the years 1962–5 he sang with the Israeli National Opera, appearing in more than 300 performances. His New York debut took place at the City Opera in 1965, when he sang the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; the following year he sang the lead with that same company in the North American premiere of Ginastera’s Don Rodrigo. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1968, singing the role of Maurizio in ...