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Placido Domingo in £ód¼
June 3, 2009   
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The world famous tenor Placido Domingo will give a concert June 8 at the Wielki Theater in £ód¼. It will be the only Polish performance on Domingo's world tour this year.

Born in 1941, Domingo launched his international career in 1965, stepping straight onto the stages of the best opera venues. Domingo is a versatile performer, considered one of the greatest tenors in opera history. His singing career aside, he is also an acclaimed conductor and an influential figure on the music scene as the director general of the Washington National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera.

The legacy of Domingo the singer includes 130 stage roles, more than that of any other well-known tenor in history. Domingo is featured on over 100 music releases featuring operas, duets and aria compilations. The Deutsche Grammophon record label has released a complete collection of arias by Verdi performed by Domingo and EMI has produced albums with Domingo's roles in works by Wagner. The broad discography has won Domingo 11 Grammy awards and two Latin Grammies.

Domingo has also made over 50 music videos and four feature-length films-Carmen, La Traviata, Othello and Tosca. He has conducted orchestras at the Metropolitan Opera, London's Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Los Angeles Opera and symphony concerts played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and many other ensembles. On April 2, 2006, the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, Domingo came to Warsaw to conduct Verdi's Requiem in tribute to the pope.

The tenor is also well-known for his charity concerts for the benefit of victims of natural disasters.

In £ód¼, the maestro will be accompanied by the city's opera orchestra and Veronica Villarroel, a Chilean soprano known for singing the most beautiful and most difficult operatic parts.

The concert in £ód¼ will be conducted by world famous conductor Eugene Kohn who for many years has worked with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the operas in Bonn, Berlin and Washington. The concert program includes songs composed to accompany poems by John Paul II.

Maria Sondej
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