The Essential Plácido Domingo

A Listmania! list by Brian Morgan "Brian Morgan" (New Orleans)
The list author says: "Plácido Domingo is one of history's greatest tenors. (This list is in chronological order.)"
Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (New York 1970)
1.  Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (New York 1970) by Donizetti
The list author says:
  "Here is Domingo at the New York City Opera, in 1970, where he had many of his early triumphs, opposite Beverly Sills in one of her greatest roles, the marvelous singing-actress Susanne Marsee in her City Opera debut, and Louis Quilico, conducted by Julius Rudel.  Domingo called Sills, 'the greatest vocal actress I have worked with.'"
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Manon Lescaut
2.  Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
The list author says:
  "Another of the tenor's great partnerships was with the legendary Magda Olivero, here a tremendous, grand Manon, at the age of sixty (1970, live)."
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Boito: Mefistofele
3.  Boito: Mefistofele by Boito
The list author says:
  "Domingo made his operatic debut in 1959, in Mexico City, as Borsa in 'Rigoletto,' opposite Cornell MacNeil and Norman Treigle.  When the latter came to record his greatest role, in 1973 (for EMI), he insisted on Domingo singing Faust.  The recording is frightening, overwhelming--and definitive!"
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Puccini - Madama Butterfly
4.  Puccini - Madama Butterfly DVD ~ Mirella Freni
The list author says:
  "Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 1974 film is exquisite, with the young Domingo the most sensuous of Pinkertons."
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Puccini: Il Trittico
5.  Puccini: Il Trittico by Giacomo Puccini
The list author says:
  "This 1976-77 set is filled with excellent characterizations, including Renata Scotto's Sister Angelica and Giorgetta, Marilyn Horne's Zia Principessa, Domingo's Luigi and Rinuccio, Tito Gobbi's Gianni Schicchi, and Ingvar Wixell's Michele."
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Fanciulla Del West
6.  Fanciulla Del West by G. Puccini
The list author says:
  "Carol Neblett's Minnie is an absolute classic, and Domingo and Sherrill Milnes are heard here in two of their finest roles (1977)."
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Verdi - Rigoletto / Domingo, MacNeil, Cotrubas, Diaz, Levine, Metropolitan Opera
7.  Verdi - Rigoletto / Domingo, MacNeil, Cotrubas, Diaz, Levine, Metropolitan Opera DVD ~ Plácido Domingo
The list author says:
  "The great John Dexter's 1977 production is tightly-constructed, fluid, and quite intense.  MacNeil is a furious, towering Rigoletto, and Domingo a magnificent and handsome Duke."
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Verdi: Otello
8.  Verdi: Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
The list author says:
  "While some will prefer Jon Vickers' extraordinary, grand, moving Moor, Domingo sings beautifully in this 1978 account, for RCA.  Scotto brings great pathos to her role, and is the most memorable Desdemona on studio recordings."
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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana ~ Levine
9.  Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana ~ Levine by P. Mascagni
The list author says:
  "In some respects, this 1978 recording is the finest yet of 'Cavalleria rusticana,' what with Scotto as an exceptional Santuzza, Domingo as a fiery Turiddu, and Pablo Elvíra a fine Alfio.  As the tenor once wrote of La Scotto, 'Her voice and dramatic involvement were outstanding and unforgettable.'"
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Renata Scotto Puccini Madama Butterfly Placido Domingo
10.  Renata Scotto Puccini Madama Butterfly Placido Domingo by Puccini
The list author says:
  "History will probably recall Cio-cio-san as Scotto's greatest role.  She here presents herself as a great singing-actress, and perhaps the greatest musician among Italian sopranos.  Domingo is again a grand Pinkerton, and Gillian Knight is the most interesting Suzuki on record."
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Verdi - Luisa Miller
11.  Verdi - Luisa Miller DVD ~ Placido Domingo
The list author says:
  "Scotto, Domingo, Milnes, and Jean Kraft are all at their finest in this rather uninteresting production of 'Luisa Miller' (1979, live)."
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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Domingo, Ricciarelli, Bruson, Raimondi, Gruberova, Abbado. DGG LP
12.  Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Domingo, Ricciarelli, Bruson, Raimondi, Gruberova, Abbado. DGG LP 
The list author says:
  "Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, and Renato Bruson are in great form in this set, possibly the best studio recording (from 1979-80) of this masterpiece."
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Puccini: Manon Lescaut
13.  Puccini: Manon Lescaut DVD ~ Renata Scotto
The list author says:
  "Scotto and Domingo are at their zeniths in this conventional production of 'Manon Lescaut,' from 1980 (live)."
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Tosca
14.  Tosca by G. Puccini
The list author says:
  "Scotto is a fantastic Floria Tosca, Domingo is at his best, and Bruson is a grand and specific Baron Scarpia (1980)."
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Verdi: Aida / Abbado, Teatro alla Scala
15.  Verdi: Aida / Abbado, Teatro alla Scala by Giuseppe Verdi
The list author says:
  "Here is one of the finest studio recordings (1981) of this beloved opera, with Ricciarelli a touching Aïda, and Domingo a passionate Radames."
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Puccini - Turandot / Ricciarelli · Domingo · Hendricks · Raimondi · Wiener Phil. · Karajan
16.  Puccini - Turandot / Ricciarelli · Domingo · Hendricks · Raimondi · Wiener Phil. · Karajan by Giacomo Puccini
The list author says:
  "This is one of Domingo's most controversial recordings (1981), because of the casting of Ricciarelli as the Princess Turandot.  For once, however, we have an anti-heroine who does not sound like a laser-beam or a roaring shrew; she is plausible, rather, as a great beauty.  Barbara Hendricks and Ruggero Raimondi are also excellent, and Domingo is found at his most heroic."
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Puccini - La Fanciulla del West / Santi, Domingo, Neblett, Royal Opera Covent Garden
17.  Puccini - La Fanciulla del West / Santi, Domingo, Neblett, Royal Opera Covent Garden DVD ~ Plácido Domingo
The list author says:
  "As delightful it is to hear Neblett and Domingo in this opera (see above), seeing them is really tremendous.  The beautiful couple is here in Piero Faggioni's fine production, from 1982."
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Verdi: La Traviata
18.  Verdi: La Traviata DVD ~ Teresa Stratas
The list author says:
  "Franco Zeffirelli is here at his most vulgar, and the score is cut well beyond the acceptable point, but Teresa Stratas is extraordinarily moving in the hapless title-role, Domingo is ardent and handsome, and MacNeil a truly grand Giorgio Germont (1982)."
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Verdi - Ernani / Domingo, Freni, Bruson, Ghiaurov, Muti, La Scala Opera
19.  Verdi - Ernani / Domingo, Freni, Bruson, Ghiaurov, Muti, La Scala Opera DVD ~ Plácido Domingo
The list author says:
  "Domingo wrote that Luca Ronconi staged 'Ernani,' 'in a controversial manner' at the Teatro alla Scala, in 1982.  So be it, but one is unlikely to ever see a grander, more fascinating and challenging production of a Verdi opera.  The sets and costumes are glorious, as well.  Domingo is ideal as the bandit of the title, and Riccardo Muti's conducting surpasses all rivals."
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Verdi - Don Carlo (remastered)
20.  Verdi - Don Carlo (remastered) DVD ~ Plácido Domingo
The list author says:
  "Don Carlos is, for the list author, Domingo's greatest role, and here he is seen in Dexter's severe and intense production, culminating in an overwhelming auto-da-fé (1983)."
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Verdi: Don Carlos
21.  Verdi: Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
The list author says:
  "At long last, we were given a recording of 'Don Carlos' in the original French, rather than the tired Italian translation.  Domingo is surrounded by an excellent cast, including Ricciarelli, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Leo Nucci, and Raimondi, and is conducted by Claudio Abbado in arguably his finest recording (1983-84)."
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Zandonai: Francesca Da Rimini
22.  Zandonai: Francesca Da Rimini DVD ~ Renata Scotto
The list author says:
  "This 1984 production was one of the Metropolitan's greatest successes, in Faggioni's really grand staging.  Scotto is simply sublime; her acting must be seen to be believed.  Domingo plays Paolo il Bello, and fulfills every aspect of a difficult role.  MacNeil roars like a beast as the wronged husband.  Natalia Rom portrays an extraordinary Biancofiore, and James Levine's conducting is ideal."
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Forza Del Destino
23.  Forza Del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi
The list author says:
  "This is the finest commercial recording of a difficult opera.  Domingo is excellent, and Paul Plishka's Padre Guardiano is definitive, as is Muti's conducting (1986)."
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Meyerbeer - L'Africaine / Arena, Domingo, Verrett, San Francisco Opera
24.  Meyerbeer - L'Africaine / Arena, Domingo, Verrett, San Francisco Opera DVD ~ Plácido Domingo
The list author says:
  "Shirley Verrett is a great and exotic success in the name part of this opera, with Domingo as an heroic Vasca da Gama.  Justino Díaz and Michael Devlin are also tremendous in this provincial staging (1988).  Hopefully, Domingo's telecast of 'Fedora' (with Scotto and Vicente Sardinero) from the same year, will be published on DVD."
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Wagner - Lohengrin / Abbado, Domingo, Lloyd, Studer, Vienna State Opera
25.  Wagner - Lohengrin / Abbado, Domingo, Lloyd, Studer, Vienna State Opera DVD ~ Plácido Domingo
The list author says:
  "Domingo sings beautifully as the Swan Knight, in an ordinary production from 1990, but Dunja Vejzovic sweeps all before her as the evil Ortrud.  Few characterizations on film approach the fire and rage this singing-actress conjures in her imprecations!"
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Ponchielli: La Gioconda
26.  Ponchielli: La Gioconda by Marcello Viotti
The list author says:
  "This is certainly the finest studio recording of 'La Gioconda,' and Domingo is of course a most excellent Enzo Grimaldi (2002)."
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Tan Dun: The First Emperor (The Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series)
27.  Tan Dun: The First Emperor (The Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series) DVD ~ Placido Domingo
The list author says:
  "The always brave and adventurous Mr Domingo not only undertook a world-premiere of a difficult score in 2007, but triumphed in it!  Elizabeth Futral is one of today's greatest prima donnas, and scores a triumph, as well."
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The Enchanted Island (The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2011)
28.  The Enchanted Island (The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2011) DVD ~ David Daniels
The list author says:
  "Maestro Domingo continues to astound, here triumphing as Neptune in the Metropolitan's new baroque pastiche (after Shakespeare) in his seventieth year!  Also marvelous in this 2011 cast are Danielle de Niese (as Ariel), Luca Pisaroni (as Caliban), and the exquisite Lisette Oropesa (as Miranda)."
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