Famous Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo sings “E lucevan le stelle”, a romantic aria from the third act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca, composed in 1900 to an Italian libretto by the Italian librettists Luigi Illica (9 May 1857 – 16 December 1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (21 October 1847 – 1 September 1906). This is from a 1992 production in which Tosca was performed in the actual Roman settings described in the libretto. Moreover, the scenes take place at the appropriate times of day. Rome, June 1800.. The orchestra (Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma) was a few miles away. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
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Famous New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is featured in this glittering Covent Garden Opera production of Johann Strauss’ masterpiece: Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner (de) and Richard Genée. Plácido Domingo conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus. Other soloists include Hermann Prey, Hildegard Heichele, Benjamin Luxon. Recorded at the New Years Eve 1984 at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. An outstanding, clever, and funny production of Die Fledermaus.
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Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo and American musical group The Piano Guys perform “Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht), a popular Christmas carol. It was composed in 1818 by the Austrian primary school teacher and church organist Franz Xaver Gruber (25 November 1787 – 7 June 1863 to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. The song was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.
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Most popular operatic singing group during the 1990s and early 2000s, the Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras sing Nessun Dorma, a very famous tenor aria from Giacomo Puccini’s opera in three acts, Turandot. Recorded on July 7, 1990 in Rome as the first Three Tenors concert with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Zubin Mehta, on the eve of Italia 90. The recording, released on the Decca Classics label, won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance in 1991 (33rd Grammy Awards).
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The legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the French light pop tenor singer Vincent Niclo sing the famous Neapolitan song “Funiculì, Funiculà”, with the chorus of Alexandrov Ensemble (widely known as the Red Army Chorus).
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A duet by the Russian operatic soprano Aida Garifullina and the legendary Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo: Violetta-Germont duet from La Traviata (The Fallen Woman), an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Recorded on May 22, 2014 at the TatNeft Arena. Kazan, Russia. State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan conducted by Eugene Kohn.
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The Three Tenors, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti sing the famous Neapolitan song Santa Lucia Luntana, written by the Italian poet, writer and musician E. A. Mario in 1919. From the Three Tenor concert in 1994 in Los Angeles.
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Accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by the legendary Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo, Daniel Barenboim plays Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Spanish: Noches en los jardines de España), G. 49 by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.
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Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo sings Bésame Mucho (English: Kiss me a lot), a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez (August 21, 1916 – January 22, 2005). Recorded at the Open air Gala – Bowling Green, Wiesbaden in 2007.
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