50 Best Placido Domingo Arias!
- Performed by Placido Domingo (tenor)
This 3-CD set contains 50 tracks featuring one of the greatest tenors of this age: Plácido Domingo.
Born in Spain in 1941, Domingo spent his early life in Mexico where his parents, both singers, ran a company that presented Spanish light operas and other musical shows. His career has spanned the entire world in a wide range of operas in which he has sung over 120 roles, and in 1990 he made history when, with José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, he first appeared in Rome as one of the “The Three Tenors”, whose subsequent concerts and recordings broke all records for television viewing and record sales.
The three CD’s provide us with the following wonderful music:
CD – 1 is mainly a collection of arias and duets by Verdi. It begins with the ‘Celeste Aida’, which is followed by favorite arias from Un Ballo in Maschera, La Forza del Destino, Don Carlo, Macbeth, Ernani, and Otello. Then there is a light-hearted performance of the Brindisi from La Traviata recorded at the end of a Covent Garden Gala and Domingo invites the audience to join in. The CD concludes with two arias by Puccini from La Bohème and La Fanciulla del West.
CD – 2 carries on with highlights from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Tosca and then moves on to arias from Boito’s Mefistofele and Mascagni’s Nerone, plus the delightful ‘Cherry Duet’ from Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. All really marvelous singing for any Opera fan!
CD – 3 starts with some favorite arias from French opera including ‘Salut! demeure’ from Gounod’s Faust and ‘Ô paradis’ from Meyerbeer’s L’africaine. Then comes Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, four of Mozart’s most lyrical tenor arias from Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte, and finally two typically Viennese pieces: ‘Wien, du Stadt meine Träume’ and ‘Dein ist mein ganzes Herz’ from the operetta Das Land des Lächelns.
This is a great variety of music, beautifully performed by one of the great tenors, and now he’s also making a name for himself as an orchestral conductor.
Here is Placido Domingo in “La Paloma”: