Maestro Plácido Domingo
Plácido Domingo is a world-renowned, multifaceted artist.The more he has studied, travelled and performed, the deeper his love of music has become. He maintains an active performing career as a singer and conductor in addition to his work as a cultural impresario and entrepreneur. Since 2010, Plácido Domingo is the President of Europa Nostra, the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe. In this role, he has been a forceful advocate for a European project based on our shared culture, heritage, and values. On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, he wrote an opinion article published in German leading newspaper Die Welt and launched the #Ode2Joy Challenge on social media.
He also serves as General Director of the Los Angeles Opera; Chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry; Founder of Operalia, the World Opera Competition; and proprietor of Pampano, his restaurant in New York City.
The international career of the artist, who was born in Spain in 1941 and raised in Mexico, began with his debut at the New York City Opera in 1966. Since then, he has performed at all major opera houses throughout the world and is recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera. His repertoire now encompasses 150 roles, with more than 4000 career performances.
He has received numerous awards and honours for his artistic and cultural work. In September 2018, Plácido Domingo was honoured by the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa with a High Decoration “for his role as President of Europa Nostra”. In 2012, he was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of his outstanding artistic career and invaluable support for the promotion of young Opera talents through the Operalia competition.