Met honors Domingo for 50 years on stage
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.
“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 on 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.
During a ceremony after the opening opera, Met general manager Peter Gelb gave Domingo a pair of gifts.
“Since you have owned this stage for your entire career, we thought we’d give you a piece of it. So this was removed from the stage earlier this week,” Gelb said before bestowing a chunk of flooring.