A celebration of Placido Domingo, the worlds most famous tenor, through four decades of performance highlights from the BBC film archives. Featuring great arias from Aida, Die Walkure, Simon Boccanegra and Pagliacci, as well as appearances on Wogan and Parkinson, including an unforgettable Moon River with Henry Mancini at the piano
With "My Christmas", world-renowned opera star Plácido Domingo releases a personal Christmas album with songs dear to his heart to celebrate the warmth and magic of the season. The album will include a number of well-loved Christmas numbers, and will feature a host of top artists singing and playing with Domingo. Plácido Domingo is a world-renowned, multifaceted artist. Recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, his appearances around the world with his colleagues José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in the now legendary The Three Tenors concerts are one of the great musical success stories of the 1990s. As a singer, his repertoire encompasses more than 140 roles, both as tenor and baritone, with more than 3500 career performances and more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets and crossover discs. His work in the recording studio has earned him 12 Grammy Awards, including 3 Latin Grammy Awards.
Plácido Domingo, as we know, has the power of voice, the strength of intensity and the physical presence to make a living figure of Stiffelio. Close-ups provided by the camera enable the viewer to see the anger, not only in his face but in his eyes. Vocally, he is in excellent condition, with the baritonal edge in his timbre to enforce Stiffelio's responses. Equally steadfast is the Stankar of Vladimir Chernov, who makes his recitative, aria and cabaletta . . . one of the most exciting and dramatic solos in opera . . .
Record Review / John T. Hughes, International Record Review (London) / 01. July 2007
Luca Ronconi’s production of Ernani opened La Scala’s 1982–83 season in high style. The spectacular yet subtly sinister sets by Ezio Frigerio—each scene has something of the tomb about it—and the sumptuous costuming by Franca Squarciapino complement a largely effective quartet of principals. Watching this production, one feels both the glamour and the decadence of the Castilian court—a genteel decay seems to be lurking behind every pillar and beneath every wig… - Raymond Tuttle, FANFARE
Out of all Italian verismo operas, Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier is one of the few of lasting popularity that is still performed regularly on major opera stages worldwide. This 1981 production features a stellar Plácido Domingo in the title role and a classic staging by Otto Schenk, making for one of the finest readings of the opera. Andrea Chénier was an overwhelming success when premiered at La Scala in 1896 and first performed in Vienna in 1926, returning to the stage whenever a truly great tenor was available to tackle the demanding title role. Gabriela Benacková and Piero Cappuccilli lead a strong supporting cast in this tragic love story set during the times of French Revolution.
This CD presents the legendary Domingo at his most personal, singing songs of the Mediterranean – songs of love and the sea. His voice is supported by an intimate ensemble of musicians including Spanish guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, cello, harp, percussion. Interweaving and intermingling of musical styles – North African rhythms, Iberian harmonies, Italian melodic lines. The interplay between voice and instruments is fluid, conversational and magical.