Plácido Domingo

Spanish tenor and conductor

Plácido Domingo KBE (born 21 January 1941) is an Spanish operatic tenor and conductor. He is often regarded as one of the leading tenors of his generation.

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Plácido Domingo
Domingo in June 2019
Domingo in June 2019
Background information
Birth nameJosé Plácido Domingo Embil
Born (1941-01-21) 21 January 1941 (age 83)
Madrid, Spain
Years active1957–present

Life and career


Born José Plácido Domingo Embil in Madrid, Spain, the son of singers who later moved to Mexico, where he made his vocal study. He began his career as a baritone singing in operettas but quickly retrained as a tenor. He made his official operatic debut in Mexico City in 1961, as Alfredo in La traviata.

He sang in Tel Aviv from 1962 to 1965 in a wide variety of roles often in Hebrew. He made his American debut at the New York City Opera in 1965, and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. This was followed by La Scala in Milan (1969), the Royal Opera House in London (1971), the Paris Opéra (1973), and most of the great opera houses of the world.

Although mostly associated with the Italian and French repertoire, he has in recent years sung several Wagner roles, and turned to conducting. He is the General Director of the Washington National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera.

He was one of "The Three Tenors", alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, and got 1.5 million dollars each time they sang.

In August 2019, Domingo was accused by nine women of sexual harassment.[1]

In March 2020, Dominago was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized in Mexico.[2]


  1. Gecker, Jocelyn (13 August 2019). "Women: Opera's Domingo abused power to sexually harass them". AP NEWS. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  2. "Plácido Domingo da positivo en coronavirus". El Independiente (in Spanish). 2020-03-22. Retrieved 2020-03-22.