Domingo, Placido (ON HOLD)
In person signature of the great singer, one of the heralded “Three Tenors” with Pavarotti and Carreras
Condition: Very good
Description: (b. 1941) Spanish-born tenor-baritone, part of the famed “Three Tenors” with Pavarotti and Carreras, conductor, and administrator. He recorded 100+ complete operas, and performed 151 roles in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian in the world’s greatest opera houses. A tenor for most of his career, renowned for his Cavaradossi, Hoffman, Don Jose, and Canio, he was the most acclaimed Otello of his generation. In the early 2010s, he sang baritone roles almost exclusively, notably Simon Boccanegra.
He also achieved success in Latin and popular music, winning 14 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, several of his records went silver, gold, platinum and multi-platinum. In his 1st pop album, “Perhaps Love” (1981), the title song, a duet with singer John Denver, sold almost 4M copies and led to many TV appearances and film and TV opera movies. In 1990, he began singing with Pavarotti and Carreras – the 1st “Three Tenors” record became the all-time best-selling classical album.
He has been involved in humanitarian works and efforts to help young opera singers, including starting and running “Operalia”, the international singing competition.
In 1949, he moved to Mexico with his family and studied piano at the National Conservatory of Music where he also studied voice; those classes were the entirety of his vocal instruction as he never studied privately with a singing teacher. In 1958 he sang the tenor role in a Spanish opera but still considered himself a baritone. In 1959, Domingo auditioned for the Mexico National Opera as a baritone, accepted as a tenor. In what he considered his operatic debut, Domingo sang a minor role in “Rigoletto” followed by other small parts.
In 1961, he made his opera lead role debut as Alfredo in “La Traviata” in Monterrey then made his US debut with the Dallas Civic Opera in “Lucia di Lammermoor” opposite Sutherland; in 1962, at the Fort Worth Opera, he sang Edgardo in the same opera with Lily Pons in her last opera performance. In June 1965, after 2-1/2 years in Tel Aviv, Domingo auditioned at the New York City Opera, his debut earlier than expected when he filled in for an ailing tenor in “Madama Butterfly”. In 1966, he sang the title role in the US premiere of Ginastera’s “Don Rodrigo” to much acclaim; the performance at the opening of the City Opera’s new Lincoln Center home. His official Met debut occurred in 1968, when he substituted with little notice for Corelli in “Adriana Lecouvreur” with Tebaldi. Since then, he opened the Metropolitan Opera season 21 times, more than any other singer including Caruso, and appeared with the Met every season since 1968–69. He has sung at almost every important opera house and festival worldwide. Domingo first sang Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s “Tosca” in 1961, eventually performing it more than any other role. In 1975, he debuted in the title role of Verdi’s “Otello” at Hamburg, it soon became his signature role performed 200+ times.
In 1973 he conducted his first opera at the New York City Opera and increasingly appeared as a conductor around the world. In 1987, with Julie Andrews and John Denver, he sang in an Emmy Award-winning holiday TV special, “The Sound of Christmas”, filmed in Salzburg. In 1986 he sang in the world premiere of “Goya”, an opera that Menotti composed specifically for him.
Since the 1990s Domingo began expanding his roles, increasing involvement in Wagnerian operas; he debuted as Parsifal in 1991 and Siegmund in 1992, singing these roles for almost 20 years, including at Bayreuth. In the 21st century, he has created several new roles in modern operas, such as the title role in Tan Dun’s 2006 opera “The First Emperor” at the Met. In 2010, he created the role of the poet Pablo Neruda in the world première of Catan’s “Il Postino” at the Los Angeles Opera. During the 2011–12 season, Domingo sang Neptune in the Met’s world premiere of Jeremy Sams’ “The Enchanted Island”.
He participated in “The Three Tenors” concerts on the eve of the 1990 FIFSA World Cup Final in Rome, and at 3 subsequent World Cup finals (LA 1994, Paris 1998, Yokohama 2002). The recording of their 1st appearance outsold every previous classical album and won the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Solo.
Domingo began an affiliation with the Washington National Opera in 1986, when he appeared in its world premiere production of Menotti’s “Goya”. From the 1996-97 season, he was Artistic Director and in 2003 General Director, his contract extended through the 2010–2011 season. He was Artistic Director of the LA Opera from 2000, General Director in 2003. In 2010, he said he would renew his LA Opera contract but not with Washington Opera. In October 2019, Domingo resigned from the LA Opera amid accusations of sexual harassment and the Met said it would end its 50-year relationship with him. In February 2020 Domingo apologized for causing hurt to several women who accused him.
Signed 4 ½ x 6 blue autograph album page (in-person signature), collector identifying the signature and adding March 7 1983 below