The great Spanish tenor Placido Domingo was born January 21, 1941 in Madrid Zarzuela performers in the family. "When I was fourteen years old … in front of parents, the question arose whether to prepare me for career musician – wrote Domingo. – Finally, they decided to send me to the , where students studied and music, and general subjects. At first, I was there difficult.

I loved Barajas, got used to it and for a long time adjusting to his new teacher. But I believe in la fona del destino, in Providence, everything that happened in my life, usually turns to the better. In fact, if my teacher was still alive, I could not get into the conservatory and my life would not have happened that coup, which occurred in a short time on this new path of life. Staying at Barajas, I most likely would seek to become a concert pianist. And while playing the piano was given to easy – well, I've read from a sheet, had a natural musicality – I doubt that because I would have made a great pianist. Finally, if there were no new circumstances, I never would have started singing as soon as it happened.

" Graduated Conservatory in Mexico City, and in 1961 he made his debut on the operatic stage in Monterrey, where he sang Alfredo. The first major tenor role – Arthur in the opera "Lucia de Lamermur 'Donizetti (1961). In 1965, after four years at the Israeli Opera, debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he sang the role of Maurice in 'Adriana Lecouvreur' Cilea. Domingo became a leading soloist with the New York theater. In 1971 he appeared at Covent Garden and La Scala. He has toured in Moscow. In repertoire of more than 100 parties. Among them: Radames, Canio, Faust, Pinkerton, Khalaf, L. et al Placido Domingo has recorded numerous solo CDs. With the participation of the singer's films have been created 'La Traviata', 'Othello' Franco Zeffirelli and 'Carmen' F. Rossi (1983). Since 1991, engaged in directing the activities. He was awarded the French Legion of Honor, the title 'Chevalier of Arts and Literature', the title 'Chamber singer' in Hamburg, Munich and Vienna, Spanish Order of Isabella the Catholic, the title of Honorary Doctor of the University of Madrid, and others wrote a book of memoirs "My first forty years." 'Opera – an immortal art, it has always existed, – says Domingo. – And it will live as long as people care about genuine feelings, romance … Music can uplift us almost to perfection, can heal us. One of the greatest joys of my life – to get letters from people who my art has helped to restore health. With each passing day more and more convinced that music ennobles, and helps in communication between people. Music teaches us harmony and brings peace. I believe that this is its main mission. "