Ten things you need to know about Plácido Domingo

1 A poll by BBC Music Magazine in 2008 to rank the world’s 20 top tenors placed Plácido Domingo as the greatest tenor of all time. He’s the only one in the top ten who is still performing.

2 Domingo has won 14 Grammy Awards, including five Latin Grammys. He won his first award, for Principal Soloist for Best Opera Recording, in 1971, and his most recent, for Best Classical Album, in 2014.

3 The Spaniard has recorded more than 100 operas, and has performed in Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, English and German.

4 His first professional appearance on stage was at aged 16, at a concert in Mexico in 1957, when he accompanied his mother – a soprano singer – on piano.

5 Before starting out as an opera singer, Domingo sang backing vocals for the Spanish rock and roll band, Los Black Jeans, in 1958.

6 He was part of The Three Tenors, along with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras. Their first album, Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert, which was released in 1990, entered the Guinness World Records for being the bestselling classical album of all time.

7 Domingo voiced one of the characters – Montezuma, a long-haired Chihuahua – in the 2008 Disney film Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

8 In 1983, aged 42, Domingo announced he would quit singing at 50. Now aged 75, he is still singing and has performed more than 4,000 times.

9 There’s more to the renowned tenor than just opera – he has collaborated with the likes of John Denver, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Ricky Martin.

10 In 1986, Domingo was awarded the Aztec Eagle medal by the Mexican President, the highest honour given to non-Mexicans, which he received following his work rescuing survivors and raising funds for victims of the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City.

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