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    Opera World Mourns Death Of Placido Domingo

    Will Maintain Busy Schedule, Nevertheless.

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    The Opera World was stunned today to learn of the untimely death at 86 of the ubiquitous, renowned tenor, Placido Domingo, who suffered a fatal heart attack as he was signing contracts for appearances in the Republic of Chad while simultaneously conducting Cavalleria Rusticana and singing Pagliacci in Buenos Aires.

    However, fans of the peripatetic and seemingly indestructable tenor will be happy to learn that despite his death, Mr. Domingo will fulfill all his contractual obligations, which extend until age 94, had he lived that long. The first on his dead to-do list is a complete recording of Tristan und Isolde, which he’ll channel from the hereafter. Isolde and other characters will be singing live so it will be a kind of Natalie Cole sings with dead dad Nat kind of thing.

    “His heart gave out, not his voice,” said his manager at Placido’s funeral, which was attended by the greats of the music world, including an ailing Celine Dion and the late John Denver. “He’s a fighter,” added a relative, remembering the Spanish dynamo. “His voice is still great and gloriously
    brown, with that chameleon like quality that made people say, ‘Who IS that?’ He always liked being busy and he’s not going to let death impede his incredible energy and vocal prowess.”

    Not one to waste a moment, as soon as he’s buried Domingo will begin rehearsing the sardonic Vipera Vera and A.I., a futuristic opera about omniscience. He will also continue his popular Three-Tenors-Minus-Two-Tour, along with his R. Kelly-Meets-Lieder song recitals. He has just
    released a single of the Broadway duet from Annie Get Your Gun, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, which he sings with himself.

    His manager candidly admits there will be difficulties in fulfilling his contracts to conduct an all-gay Rigoletto in San Francisco and co-direct a Zen Parsifal in China with his dead wife, Marta. He doesn’t foresee any problems with Domingo’s deal to design sets for a Bizet festival in Peoria
    and to play first violin in the Rwandan Symphony’s AIDS concert. “It’s nothing we can’t work around,” he said.

    Death will also not prevent Domingo from giving up his duties as music director of newly formed opera companies in Grand Forks, North Dakota and the recently renamed Clinton, Arkansas. Until then, Domingo lovers can enjoy his recording of Elton John’s recently discovered opera, I Am the
    Greatest, 
    with Domingo as Muhammed Ali, a role he says he’s always identified with.

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