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Supertenor Placido Domingo made his debut singing in Nahautl--an Amerindian dialect once used in part by the Toltec and Aztec peoples of ancient Mexico. Singing in the premiere performance of a new choral work by composer Lalo Schifrin, Domingo--joined by a choir and Schifrin conducting the Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra--performed over the weekend amid the ruins and pyramids of Teotihuacan, believed to be the largest city in the Western Hemisphere in the 3rd or 4th Century. Schifrin’s choral piece, “Aztec Songs,” is set to music poems in Nahuatl and other dialects, all from the culture that dominated Mexico before the Spanish conquest.


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