Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Prayers for Placido

The seemingly indestructable Placido Domingo was rushed the hospital with abdominal pains yesterday. He's 69, and still pursuing a schedule that would easily punish someone half his age. The miracle is that nothing like this has happened yet. But if this is the end for Domingo, he can rest easy knowing that no tenor ever had a career quite like this. After 126 roles and 49 years of almost non-stop performances, all you can say that Domingo is one of the very few opera singers who rank not only as great singers but great artists in their own rights.

(Gia nella notte densa, the great love duet from Act I of Otello. Upon seeing Domingo's Otello, Sir Laurence Olivier commented that he never saw a better Othello in the theater. Kiri Te Kanawa is Desdemona and Georg Solti's in the pit of the Royal Opera in London.)

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