Conversation in Paris with Placido Domingo, the famous tenor, a few hours before he interprets Wagner's Parsifal on stage at the Bastille Opera.
Born in Madrid in 1941, Placido Domingo started out with his parents, Zarzuela singers (a Spanish operetta). He studied music (piano and management) at the National Mexico Conservatory. He made his debut in 1959 and began an especially long and glorious career. Placido Domingo is a phenomenon, his repertoire immense: Wagner, Verdi, Berlioz, Puccini, Handel, Bizet, Mozart, he knows over 120 roles, he can sing in every language and has performed in all the great stages of the world. What's more, since 1973 he has been a conductor. He is the general director of the Washington and Los Angeles operas. He has filmed numerous videos and three operas.
He is the consummate artist. With Carreras and Pavarotti, he has performed in the famous three tenors' concerts. He is the soul of the Operalia competition that helps young singers. Domingo's magnificent voice is large, central, full of sun and like Maria Callas, he's an accomplished actor. Lyrical art of the second half of the 20th century owes him much.