NY Met honors Domingo for 50 years on stage

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Placido Domingo’s eyes wa­tered and his voice qua­vered. Af­ter por­tray­ing dozens of char­ac­ters over a half-cen­tury on the stage of New York’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera House, he got emo­tional be­ing him­self.

“For us, the opera singers, it is just like Frank Si­na­tra said: New York, New York, if you made it, you made it ev­ery­where,” the 77-year-old singer from Spain said Fri­day night when he was honored on stage for the 50th an­niver­sary of his Met de­but.

Domingo’s ca­reer with the Met started Sept. 28, 1968, when he re­placed an in­dis­posed Franco Corelli as Mau­r­izio in Cilea’s “Adri­ana Le­cou­vreur.” Domingo’s per­for­mance Fri­day in the role of “Gianni Schic­chi,” the third opera of Puc­cini’s “Il Trit­tico,” was his 52nd role and 695th ap­pear­ance at the Met.

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