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December 24, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA
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...
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February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
Operalia, the annual opera competition organized by Plácido Domingo, will take place in Los Angeles this year, marking the event's first return to the L.A. area since 2004. The competition is scheduled to take place Aug. 25 to 30 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and will feature certain performances that will be open to the public. Last year's Operalia took place in Verona, Italy. L.A. Opera, where Domingo serves as general director, will be the host this year. The competition features young opera singers at the beginning of their careers, with judges awarding prizes in eight categories.
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August 27, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
Yo-Yo Ma and Placido Domingo are irrepressible collaborating animals. A list of artists in many disciplines and from the vast array of cultures with whom they have worked could probably fill a phone book for a mid-size town in Iowa. There may not be much important repertory for cello and tenor, but Domingo is also a conductor, and sooner or later these two ever-eager superstars simply had to perform together. That finally happened Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl. Ma was soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Dvorak's Cello Concerto, and Domingo stood on the podium.
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February 17, 2014 | By David Ng
Woody Allen will team with tenor Plácido Domingo in a revival of the director's Los Angeles Opera production of "Gianni Schicchi" that will be produced in Madrid. The production will be part of the Teatro Real's 2014-15 season, which was announced this week. Allen first staged the short Puccini opera in L.A. in 2008. His staging was an homage to black-and-white Italian cinema from the 1940s and '50s. Domingo, who didn't star in the L.A. production, will play the title role in Madrid.
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May 11, 2012 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo , the world's greatest living tenor, has bestowed his admiration on Lady Gaga, arguably the world's biggest pop star. In an interview that recently ran in the British tabloid the Daily Mail, Domingo said he believes "Lady Gaga has a very good voice. Absolutely. She has a wonderful voice. " He added: "I know she's very wild in her performance, and clever, and she does all these things to please the youth. But when you listen to her, the voice is good. " The interview ran in advance of Domingo's June appearance in "Turandot" at Wembley Stadium in London.
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August 7, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo has returned to the stage for the first time since he was hospitalized in July after suffering a pulmonary embolism. The 72-year-old tenor performed at the Salzburg Festival in Austria on Tuesday evening, alongside soprano Anna Netrebko in a concert version of Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco. " The performance, conducted by Paolo Carignani, took place at the festival's Felsenreitschule venue and also featured singers Francesco Meli, Roberto Tagliavini and Johannes Dunz.
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March 15, 2012
Plácido Domingo will sing the title character in Verdi's "Nabucco" for the first time at the Royal Opera in London next year. The new production, announced Wednesday, will be the fourth new role for Domingo in a little more than a year, all baritone parts. The 71-year-old general director of L.A. Opera, famous for his decades as a tenor, also is slated to make role debuts in Massenet's "Thais" in March in Spain, Verdi's "I Due Foscari" at Los Angeles in September, and Verdi's "La Traviata" at New York's Metropolitan Opera next March.
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July 16, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Placido Domingo, the superstar Spanish tenor and conductor who also serves as L.A. Opera's general director, has "recuperated favorably," after spending nearly a week in a Madrid hospital to be treated for a pulmonary embolism, his son Álvaro Domingo said in an interview posted Monday on a Colombian radio station's website . The elder Domingo is expected to make a full recovery. A day after his Saturday release from the hospital, he attended a dress rehearsal of Daniel Catan's opera "Il Postino" at Madrid's Teatro Real.
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October 1, 2012 | By David Ng
Placido Domingo is taking time out of his operatic schedule this week to appear on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars. " But fans hoping to see the tenor demonstrate some fancy footwork will be disappointed. Domingo is only expected to sing on the live telecast Tuesday. The Spanish tenor will perform "Come What May" -- from the 2001 movie "Moulin Rouge" -- in a duet with Katherine Jenkins. The number is part of his new album, "Songs," in which Domingo performs a series of popular tunes.
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October 4, 2012 | By David Ng
Frank Gehry and Placido Domingo will be lending a hand to the National YoungArts Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides financial assistance and other forms of support to aspiring artists. The organization announced this week that it has acquired the Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings in Miami that will serve as its national headquarters. Gehry has been commissioned to design the master plan for the historic campus, the group said. The architect was also named an artistic advisor for the group, along with Domingo and choreographer Bill T. Jones.
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February 11, 2014 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo, whose early international singing career took off after appearing with the New York City Opera, will appear at a concert this month to commemorate that company, which declared bankruptcy and ceased operations last year. "New York City Opera Orchestra and Stars Celebrate: 70 Years of the People's Opera" is scheduled to take place Feb. 21 at New York City Center. The concert is to feature selections from several operas, with Domingo slated to sing "Nemico della Patria" from "Andrea Chenier.
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February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
Maximilian Schell, the commanding Austrian-born actor who died Saturday at 83, is being remembered in obituaries for his long movie career, especially his Oscar-winning role in "Judgment at Nuremberg. " In Los Angeles, audiences had the good fortune to appreciate another side of Schell -- opera director. Schell was a friend of Plácido Domingo, and the tenor brought Schell to Southern California to direct two productions at L.A. Opera -- " Lohengrin " in 2001 and " Der Rosenkavalier " in 2005.
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September 30, 2013 | By David Ng
When renowned tenor Plácido Domingo was still a relatively unknown singer from Spain, he made his Los Angeles-area debut at the Music Center in 1967 in a touring series by the New York City Opera. His local debut included performances in "Don Rodrigo," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly. " "My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride," Domingo said in a recent statement sent to The Times.
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September 28, 2013 | By David Ng
New York's second-largest opera company appears to be on the brink of bankruptcy as an emergency fundraising effort is failing to meet its target, barring any last-minute miracle. The New York City Opera was looking to raise $1 million through Kickstarter by the end of September. As of late Saturday, the campaign had received less than $250,000 in pledges. The company had said it needs to raise a total of $7 million by the end of the month or it would have to suspend its 2013-14 season.
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September 23, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Summer's over. That may not be a sigh of relief in all quarters, but you could almost hear one Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler. Los Angeles Opera General Director Plácido Domingo was in the pit to conduct the season opening on this first night of fall. He began by racing through the opening of Bizet's "Carmen. " FOR THE RECORD: "Carmen": A review in the Sept. 23 Calendar section of Los Angeles Opera's "Carmen" identified the chorus as being singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
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September 18, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo, the conductor -- as opposed to Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor -- will appear Saturday evening for Los Angeles Opera's season-opening production of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For the city's arts patrons in attendance on Saturday, one can also assume that Plácido Domingo, the world-class fundraiser, also will be present for the exclusive after-party, where he will likely be working hard to drum up support for the company, for which he serves as general director.
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July 14, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Placido Domingo, who was hospitalized last week in Madrid, has been released and is in high spirits. The 72-year-old opera star suffered a scare when he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism resulting from a deep venous thrombosis (basically a blocked blood vessel, which can result from a long plane flight). The clot had formed in his right leg and moved to his lungs, where it lodged in an artery. Thanks to an early diagnosis, Domingo is expected to make a full recovery. PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The Times The day after his release Saturday from the hospital, the singer attended a dress rehearsal of Daniel Catan's "Il Postino" at Madrid's Teatro Real, his spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer, said.
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July 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo has been hospitalized in Madrid after suffering a pulmonary embolism. The 72-year-old tenor was in Spain to perform in Daniel Catan's "Il Postino," but it is expected that he will have to cancel his appearances in the opera. A spokeswoman for Domingo told The Times that the tenor experienced "intense pain" on Monday after which he was admitted to a hospital. She said that Domingo wasn't performing at the time he experienced the pain. A doctor diagnosed the condition as a pulmonary embolism that resulted from a deep venous thrombosis.
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September 17, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo appeared hale and hearty Monday afternoon when he greeted a throng of local reporters at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a press event held by Los Angeles Opera. Domingo, who is conducting the company's season-opening production of "Carmen," suffered a health scare earlier this summer in Spain but told Culture Monster that he was fully recovered and feeling fit. The 72-year-old tenor experienced a pulmonary embolism in July and was ordered to rest for nearly a month, forcing him to cancel his appearances in "Il Postino" in Madrid.
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September 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon never dreamed of becoming an international opera star. It was rock 'n' roll that spoke to her - Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix were favorites. Then, when she was 12, a music teacher suggested she take voice lessons. Studying with top singing teacher Veronica Dunne, "opera is just what came about," she says. Now Bardon will star in the Los Angeles Opera's season opener, Georges Bizet's "Carmen. " The French tale of love and jealousy among Gypsy fortunetellers will be directed by Trevore Ross and conducted by L.A. Opera general director Plácido Domingo.
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