Placido Domingo

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 Monteverdi, Brahms and Palestrina are all wonderful. If I hear their music after I die, I'll know I made it to heaven ... big "if."

But sometimes, you have to get down and dirty.  

Sony Classical has purchased the old RCA Red Seal catalog of recordings made in the 1960s and '70s, and many of these are being brought back after many years.

There are certain TV shows that become so popular celebrities clamor to do cameos and guest appearances. Julia Roberts, Tom Selleck, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Rebecca Romijn are just a few who made appearances on Friends. What does this have to do with Classical music, you ask?

Placido Domingo singing
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Placido Domingo turned 75 today and is rightly regarded as one of the greatest operatic tenors of our time.  In recent years he's switched to singing baritone roles in an amazingly long career to be performing at such a high artistic level.  He's also a conductor.

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He was one of the few artists to make me cry when he sang the Verdi Requiem. 

Here's Your Chance: Help NPR Select the Top 50 Voices

Nov 3, 2009

ONE-OFF EVENT. PROB. SHOULD KILL THIS POST From NPR's website: In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 great voices in recorded history. The series isn't an attempt to catalog the so-called "greatest" singers. Instead, we hope to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time. We asked you to nominate artists for the series and we received thousands of options.