Just the way he had always predicted, Placido Domingo came into his own in the 1980s.
In this decade, the celebrated Spanish tenor: made his conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera; continued to show the world his now-signature role in Verdi's "Otello"; raised big bucks for earthquake relief; made well-selling "crossover" recordings, as well as a steady stream of operatic and classical albums; sang in rock arenas and giant amphitheaters and was sued by impresarios; published an autobiography, titled "My First Forty Years," and made films, even including operatic ones.
No question that he has grown into one of opera's leading performers and creative forces.
Most important for Southern California, Domingo has served for five years as the major artistic consultant to Los Angeles Music Center Opera, and has sung four of his more important roles (in "Otello," "Boheme," "Contes d'Hoffmann" and "Tosca") for that Dorothy Chandler Pavilion-based company. In April he adds a fifth, Herman in Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades."
And Domingo has conducted eight Music Center Opera performances (of "Macbeth" and "Tosca"), preparing the way into the 1990s, a decade in which he has predicted more conducting than singing performances for himself--he turns 50 in January, 1991.