Placido Domingo

<b>Baritone</b><br>
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Placido Domingo's is the most familiar face in opera. At 70, the famed tenor has done it all -- sung more roles than any other singer, conducted regularly in opera houses and concert halls for the last three decades, run two opera houses (including Los Angeles Opera), all but invented modern crossover when he first sang with John Denver in 1981.<br>
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He began as a baritone, and now -- in part because as he ages his voice has naturally lowered but mainly because he still covets juicy new roles -- Domingo has gingerly returned to those roots with Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra."<br>
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He first sang it in Berlin in 2009 and after performing "Boccanegra" in a number of productions around the world, Domingo will finally sing Simone (the title character's original Italian name) for L.A. Opera.Seven performances, Feb. 11 through March 4, will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.<br>
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-- Mark Swed
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( Catherine Ashmore )

Baritone

Placido Domingo's is the most familiar face in opera. At 70, the famed tenor has done it all -- sung more roles than any other singer, conducted regularly in opera houses and concert halls for the last three decades, run two opera houses (including Los Angeles Opera), all but invented modern crossover when he first sang with John Denver in 1981.

He began as a baritone, and now -- in part because as he ages his voice has naturally lowered but mainly because he still covets juicy new roles -- Domingo has gingerly returned to those roots with Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra."

He first sang it in Berlin in 2009 and after performing "Boccanegra" in a number of productions around the world, Domingo will finally sing Simone (the title character's original Italian name) for L.A. Opera.Seven performances, Feb. 11 through March 4, will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

-- Mark Swed

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