Domingo becomes the first singer to receive the US$100,000 award.

Spanish tenor-turned-baritone Plácido Domingo and conductor Sir Simon Rattle have won the prestigious Israeli Wolf Prize for the arts.

The Wolf Foundation awards five additional prizes in the sciences, while the arts category rotates annually among music, architecture, painting and sculpture. Each recipient receives US$100,000 in recognition of their contribution to each field.

Domingo, 70, becomes the first vocalist to claim the prize since its inception in 1976, having performed with the Israeli Opera for three years during the 1960s. In recent years he has embraced conducting alongside his singing engagements.

Rattle has been principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for ten years; his contract extends until 2015.

The awards will be presented by Israeli President Shimon Peres in a ceremony at the Knesset building of Israel’s parliament in May. The Foundation celebrates “achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples, irrespective of nationality, race, color, religion, sex, or political view”.

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