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.

“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.

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