Domingo, Plácido

Domingo, Plácido plă´cēdō dōmē´gō [key], 1941–, Spanish operatic tenor, b. Madrid, Spain. He made his operatic debut in Mexico City in 1961 and his New York debut at the Metropolitan Opera four years later. Domingo is best known for his warm voice and his interpretation of lyric roles in Italian opera, although he has also sung in Wagnerian operas. Among his most famous roles are Don José in Carmen, Canio in Pagliacci, and Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. He has taken on a variety of baritone roles late in his career as his voice has deepened. Domingo was the artistic director of the Washington Opera from 1996 to 2003 and its general director from 2003 to 2011. He also was artistic director of the Los Angeles Opera from 2000 to 2003, when he became its general director. In 2019 he was accused of having sexually harassed women opera singers who were dependent on him for roles, accusations he denied; he subsequently resigned from the Los Angeles Opera.

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