Iconic tenor turned baritone Plácido Domingo will receive the inaugural Honorary Fellowship of the International Opera Awards Foundation later this month at a fundraising event celebrating his legacy. A patron of the Awards since its founding in 2012, Domingo will take part in a Q & A session with his biographer Helena Matheopoulos, to be preceded by an illustrated talk about the singer’s impact.

Plácido Domingo. Photo supplied

“Luke in the New Testament says ‘to whom much is given, much is expected.’ This is a sentiment that is very important to me as I believe all artists have a duty to mentor and support young talent. As the founder of the Operalia Competition and named Young Artist programmes at Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera and in Valencia, I have always made the promotion of young singers one of the most important things I do,” said Domingo.

“I’m delighted that the Opera Awards Foundation has made such a huge contribution to the lives of hundreds of young singers and people wanting careers in this profession. It is a pleasure to support them and I am honoured to accept the Fellowship of the Opera Awards Foundation.”

The 77-year-old singer continues to perform regularly in baritone roles, with his overall repertoire believed to now encompass 151 parts with close to 4000 professional performances. He also continues to conduct and remains Los Angeles Opera’s General Director, a position he has held since 2003. Domingo celebrated 50 years at the Metropolitan Opera in November last year, and is scheduled to sing Giorgio Germont at the Royal Opera House later this month among numerous other recital and conducting engagements.

“In centuries to come people will marvel at Plácido Domingo’s extraordinary career and be envious of those of us who have been privileged to experience his artistry. No other singer has ever had a career that comes close to matching his,” said Harry Hyman, Founder of the International Opera Awards and the Opera Awards Foundation.

“As Patron of the International Opera Awards, Maestro Domingo has supported the growth of the Awards and the inception of our Foundation which has awarded almost 100 bursaries to young singers and other aspiring artists to help them establish their careers.”

The International Opera Awards are an annual celebration of excellence in opera around the world, and aim to raise the profile of the art form as a whole. The Awards raise money for The Opera Awards Foundation, which provides bursaries to emerging artists working in opera who are in financial need.

The fundraising event honouring Domingo will be held on January 28 at the Royal Society of Arts, London.