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
I am writing this review (with all due respect) to counter the review below that advises Placido Domingo to give up singing baritone roles. Domingo is a great artist whose longevity on the operatic scene is a source of admiration to me. While he is no longer a young singer, he has matured as an artist and as an actor. All this is evident from his performance here as Simon Boccanegra which is moving and heart-felt. I do not believe this is Mr. Domingo's attempt to have a second career as a baritone, it is simply that he CAN sing this role and he brings so much to it…
This famous production of Manon Lescaut from The Royal Opera, recorded in 1983, features two of the biggest stars in opera, Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa, in their vocal prime. Placido Domingo’s performance of Des Grieux is considered to be unsurpassed. Conductor Guiseppe Sinopoli made his British operatic debut with this production. Puccini’s first masterpiece was rapturously received on its first night. It has his hallmark sensuality and also a youthful freshness, its untamed outpouring of melody just as passionate as his more famous operas, La Boheme, Tosca and Madame Butterfly. The role of Des Grieux is one of the most taxing in the tenor repertoire and Domingo’s passionate portrayal is one of his greatest achievements.
Recorded live in April 2013 at the Royal Opera House in London, Sony Classical is proud to present Verdi: Nabucco starring the legendary Placido Domingo in his debut in the title role. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, the release celebrates the bicentenary year of Verdi’s birth. With fifty years of stage experience, flourishing in a second career as a baritone, Domingo takes on the role of the Babylonian king with undiminished energy and charisma. “Domingo fills the space with ease, and his baritone timbre has much of the old tenor burnish,” wrote The Independent, praising the expressive beauty of his singing. And the Financial Times wrote “Domingo exudes grandeur and authority, taking command of the role.”