Going for Baroque

At 67, Placido Domingo could rest on his laurels

instead, the brillant tenor is taking on a new challenge

April 29, 2008|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,Sun music critic

Shafts of light stream through narrow windows to form angular patterns on gray walls and ceilings. Men in black uniforms of roughly mid-20th- century vintage stand ominously in the background. It's all very film noir-ish on the stage of the Kennedy Center Opera House, an interesting look for a work that dates from 1724.

If you go Tamerlano will be performed at 7 p.m. tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. Friday and four more times through May 22 at the Kennedy Center, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues, Northwest, Washington. Tickets are $57 to $300. Call 202-295-2400, 800-876-7372, or go to dc-opera.org.

Placido Domingo

Born

Jan. 21, 1941, near Madrid, Spain; raised in Mexico

U.S. debut

La Traviata, Dallas Opera, 1961

Metropolitan Opera debut

Adriana Lecouvreur, 1968

Family

Married soprano Marta Ornelas, 1962 (she is now a stage director); three children (one from Domingo's first marriage)

Honors

Presidential Medal of Freedom, Kennedy Center Honor, Knight Commander of the British Empire, 10 honorary degrees, nine Grammys

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