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Plácido Domingo’s switch from tenor to baritone will confirm him as the most ambitious performer of his generation

By Martin Kettle   November 2009

Domingo: restless in the pursuit of excellence

Plácido Domingo and I go back a long way. It is more than 38 years since I first heard him in New York singing Verdi’s doomed Spanish prince Don Carlo; Maria Callas, no less, was in the audience, too. A few months later, I was there when he made his Covent Garden debut as Cavaradossi opposite Gwyneth Jones in Puccini’s Tosca in December 1971. I was in the gods for that one. He became my operatic god. And he still is.

I can remember three things about Domingo that night: the way…

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