The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: At 75, does opera superstar Placido Domingo still have what it takes? | June 16, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

He is 75.

He was a superstar tenor for decades, often competing with the late Luciano Pavarotti for top honors in the opera world.

Then he became a conductor and now he sings as a baritone since his voice dropped with old age.

But does Spanish-born and Mexican-raised Placido Domingo (below) still have what it takes to be in the top ranks of the opera world?


Famed critic Norman Lebrecht, who lives and works in the United Kingdom, recently heard Domingo sing in “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi at Covent Garden in London.

Here is his review and first-hand account from his blog Slipped Disc:



  1. You might wish to double-check your claim of Domingo being “Mexican-born”. He was born in Madrid, and grew up in Mexico when his family emigrated there when he was eight. Source:

    Comment by bratschespeilerin — June 16, 2016 @ 2:13 pm

    • Thank you so much for reading and replying and correcting me.
      I apologize for the error.
      I will correct the post at once.
      Best wishes,
      The Ear

      Comment by welltemperedear — June 16, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

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