Opera World Mourns Death Of Placido Domingo

Will Maintain Busy Schedule, Nevertheless.


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
with Domingo as Muhammed Ali, a role he says he’s always identified with.

8 comments to Opera World Mourns Death Of Placido Domingo

  • I grew up as a little girl listening to Doingo,Pavorotti and Hosea Carreas.My favorite is the 3 tenors. All of them are the greatest Opera singer and still is best, to them all.I have always loved Placdio,Domingo his music has brought healing he will be greatly missed.My Condolence go out to his children and family your in my thoughts and prayers.God Bless you all love from Jody Siciliano.

  • Barry

    Now I know Im not crazy. i have ‘heard’ this guy 3 times, twice at the Metropolitain Opera 15 to more than 25 years ago. I wanted to yell ‘turn off the mute button.’. Each performance the audience went crazy for him. The emperor’s new clothes. Small unexciting voice. I’d love to know the whole story of how this myth came to be.

  • Joyce Cunanan

    Frankly, I can’t understand the insensitivity and nastiness of some of the comments posted. If you thought these things, why on earth did you attend or purchase records, or however else you came to seemingly justify your attitude. There is no justification for spewing this kind of venom. I think he sang too long as well, and I found some of his later efforts sad. However, he did not deserve you, and I don’t mean that as a compliment.

    I have many Domingo recordings and have attended operas. I was a music educator and teacher in my day. I love every one of them. Like he said, “The high C isn’t everything.”

    If there is anything I’d rather not have foisted on me is the nastiness of your words.

  • Charlotte T

    Brilliant! I wish I had written this! 🙂

  • nmharleyrider

    I think it is a very clever article and in some ways totally true. The man’s voice is dead and has been for several years. It’s embarrassing to hear and to watch now but apparently not embarrassing for him. It just has to be some super ego-powered thing at this point setting records for the ages.

  • Seth

    Ed is correct that Domingo’s voice died 15 years ago. However he never had a high C to die and his high B died in 1973 during a disastrous ‘Di quella pira’ in a MET performance I unfortunately attended.

    The above parody is brilliantly written as it totally catches the outrageous and often dusastrous work schedule that Domingo has always foistered as great artistry.

    Finally even the NY Times critic has braved up and suggested that Domingo should take his own advise and retire from the operatic stage immediately.

    True, the man Domingo is still with us, but what he presented as singing Friday night at the MET sounded very dead to me.

  • Ed

    Well, though this is a very funny parody, the truth is that his voice died about 15 years ago, but he still uses it and abuses audiences worldwide!!

  • Luis Gomez

    How dare you start this crap scaring the daylights out of me to announce Plaacido’s dealth? Couldn’t you have started this publication in another way so not to upset his fans?!!!

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