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Opera legend Plácido Domingo returns to Australia for the first time in 15 years to celebrate his 70th birthday with Sydney and Melbourne audiences. Although some fans will be puzzled by his billing alongside young crossover star Katherine Jenkins, Domingo is no stranger to mainstream stadium performances, having become a household name as one of The Three Tenors alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras.
The chart-topping Welsh mezzo-soprano joins the Spanish icon for two performances in a program entitled A Night to Remember in September and October 2011. Their conductor is Eugene Kohn, the Metropolitan stalwart who began his professional career as accompanist to Maria Callas and has since worked closely with Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and other opera luminatires.
At 70, Domingo holds the record for the most operatic roles performed by any tenor: that's 134 parts that have been tackled by the indefatigable artist. In recent years he has distinguished himself as a conductor and as general director of both the Los Angeles and Washington National Opera. Although he is still in fine voice more then fifty years after his stage debut, he has made the transition to lower baritone roles.