The opera legend embarks on his first exclusive collaboration with a label in 40 years.

After pinching Lang Lang from Deutsche Grammophon lat year for a purported $3-million contract, Sony has wooed another of the world’s most influential classical artists: Plácido Domingo. On the even of his Australian tour, the Spanish tenor/baritone has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, the label announced.

The new partnership brings Domingo full circle: during the 1960s he launched his recording career with CBS, a company purchased by Sony in the late 1980s.

Although the label is tight-lipped about repertoire at this stage, it is anticipated that forthcoming releases will celebrate Domingo’s newfound gifts as a baritone, a part of his voice that he has embraced in several operas in the years leading up to his 70th birthday and that has extended his role count to a record 137.

“Sony and its predecessors (Columbia, CBS, RCA/BMG) have played such an important part in much of my career, yet I have not had an exclusive contract with any company in nearly 40 years,” Domingo said of the alliance. “This steady relationship will enable Sony Classical and myself to create a variety of new, innovative, and fascinating musical projects.”

Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, says that the coup of signing Domingo to the label demonstrates a renewed focus on the great classical artists. “The addition of one of the world’s most beloved and successful vocalists to the Sony Classical roster underscores our continuing commitment to building our classical music business.”

Plácido Domingo performs in Sydney on September 30 and Melbourne on October 3. See event details here.