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Spanish opera singer
Born: January 21, 1941 (age 80 years), Madrid, Spain
Spouse: Marta Domingo (m. 1962)
Children: Plácido Domingo Jr., Alvaro Maurizio Domingo, José Plácido Domingo Guerra
Nationality: Mexican, Spanish
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Domingo was born to Plácido Francisco Domingo Ferrer and Josefa “Pepita” Embil Echániz , two Spanish zarzuela stars who nurtured his early musical abilities.
Domingo’s father was half Aragonese and half Catalan, while his mother was a Basque from Gipuzkoa.
His father began as a violinist performing for opera and zarzuela orchestras. He soon also took on baritone roles in zarzuelas.
Even though he damaged his voice by performing while suffering from a cold, he continued singing into the 1970s.
Domingo’s mother was an established soprano who made her stage debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
She met her husband at age 21 while performing in Federico Moreno Torroba’s Sor Navarra.
Domingo later recalled that experts encouraged his father to sing Wagnerian heldentenor roles, while the Liceu offered his mother a contract to sing opera.
In 1946 Moreno Torroba and Domingo’s parents formed a zarzuela company and toured in Latin America.
His parents later stayed permanently in Mexico and established their own zarzuela troupe, the Domingo-Embil Company.
In addition to their son, they also had a daughter, Maria José “Mari Pepa” Domingo de Fernandez (1942–2015).
On 29 August 1957 at age 16, Domingo married a fellow piano student, Ana María Guerra Cué (1938–2006).
Their son, José Plácido Domingo Guerra (called “Pepe” as a boy and later “Joe”), now a photographer, was born on 16 June 1958.
However, the marriage did not last long, with the couple separating shortly thereafter.
On 1 August 1962, Domingo married Marta Ornelas (born 1935), a lyric soprano from Veracruz, Mexico, whom he met during his conservatory days.
In the same year, Marta had been voted “Mexican Singer of the Year”.
After their marriage, the couple performed together frequently at the Israel National Opera.
However, after she became pregnant with her first child, she gave up her promising career to devote time to her family.
They have two sons, Plácido Francisco (known as Plácido Domingo Jr.), born 21 October 1965, and Alvaro Maurizio, born 11 October 1968.
After a period of time living in Israel, Domingo and his growing family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey in the 1960s.
He later acquired residences in Manhattan and Barcelona.
Keeping his apartment in New York, he currently also has a house in his native Madrid.
During breaks in his work schedule, he usually spends time with family at his vacation home in Acapulco, Mexico.
In March 2010 he underwent surgery for colon cancer.
In July 2013, he was admitted to a hospital in Madrid after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
He was released on July 14, and was “expected to make a full recovery”.
In October 2015, he was admitted to a hospital for a cholecystectomy and missed the first five performances of Tosca he was supposed to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera.
On 22 March 2020, Domingo announced during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico that he had tested positive for COVID-19, which he reportedly contracted at a party in Tequila, Jalisco in honor of Juan Domingo Beckmann, who also tested positive.
He was admitted to a hospital in Acapulco to treat complications of the disease but his condition was stable.