MIAMI (CBSMiami) – He has recorded more than 100 different operas, performed some 150 different roles in more than six languages and has graced the stages of the biggest and most important opera houses in the world.
He is Placido Domingo. And at age 75, this Spanish born tenor is not slowing down a bit.
CBS4 caught up with the singer recently at the FIU School of Music where he was rehearsing for his concert Thursday night at the American Airlines Arena.
“What’s the best part of show for you?” asked CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo.
“During the programs I have some of operatic things like a duet of ‘La Traviata,’ which is really the repertoire I sing the most. Then, I’ll sing the numbers I know the public would like such as ‘Tonight’ from ‘West Side Story’ and Spanish music. ” He said.
In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the three tenors consisting of Spaniards, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and the Italian Luciano Pavarotti, became an international phenomenon.
“Maestro, when you get up in front of fans on stage, even though you have performed before millions of fans, for so many years, does it still feel magical?” Petrillo asked.
“It’s always special,” he said. I know people buy tickets, ladies go to the beauty parlor and get all dressed up, It’s important for them and for me. It’s a big commitment.”
At this rehearsal, the opera singer wasn’t singing at full volume. Feeling slightly under the weather, he was protecting his instrument.
“I have been having a little bit of a cold but after tomorrow, I will be fine,” he said.
Well-known and respected conductor Eugene Kohn leads the Miami Symphony Orchestra for the Miami show.
There will also be a special performance with the hugely popular Colombian singer Juanes and the maestro is excited to play here in town.
“I like people here. They are very warm and it’s beautiful. It’s been more than five years since I played here so I am looking forward to it,” he explained.
Placido Domingo takes to the American Airlines Arena stage Thursday, January 28th at 8 p.m.