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Plácido Domingo renews contract with L.A. Opera through 2021-22

Plácido Domingo performs at a benefit for the L.A. Opera in the spring.
Plácido Domingo performs at a benefit for the L.A. Opera in the spring.
(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times )

Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo has renewed his contract as general director of Los Angeles Opera through the 2021-22 season, the company announced after a board meeting Thursday.

“Music is my life, and my three-decade association with L.A. Opera has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career,” Domingo said in the announcement. “I am incredibly grateful to have taken part in the company’s many artistic achievements, and I am thankful to be able to continue leading this extraordinary opera company well into the future.”

Domingo’s positions within the company have included artistic consultant from 1984 to 2000, artistic director from 2000 to 2003 and finally, general director from 2003 until now.

Now 75, he has performed in every L.A. Opera season since starring in its inaugural production of Verdi’s “Otello” in 1986. When the current season ends, Domingo will have sung 28 roles in more than 160 performances, and he will have conducted more than 100 performances of 23 L.A. Opera productions.

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His contract in considered “evergreen” and is renewed on a biannual basis by a vote of the L.A. Opera board. As general director, he is responsible for all aspects of running the company, both artistic and managerial.

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