VIENNA • The nice tenor Enrico Caruso sang about 60 roles, whereas storied diva Maria Callas had roughly 50.
But Placido Domingo (above) has blazed previous all of them. On Thursday, when he took the stage for a concert efficiency of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers on the Salzburg Festival in Austria, he reached a just about unheard-of milestone in opera historical past.
He sang his 150th position.
Now 77, nicely previous the age at which most star singers retire, he has carried out practically four,000 instances in a six-decade profession, recorded greater than 100 albums and grow to be a family identify as one of many Three Tenors and in appearances on Sesame Street and The Simpsons.
He has continued so as to add voraciously to his repertoire, selecting roles to match his altering voice, whereas additionally turning into a distinguished conductor and humanities administrator.
Domingo’s resilience has had its detractors. As early because the 1970s, he was advised to decelerate or danger burnout.
As he entered his 60s, then his 70s, critics and friends repeatedly advised he ought to retire with dignity.
Nothing has stopped him. “When I rest, I rust,” he mentioned, and when his tenor excessive notes started to offer out, he moved to baritone roles.
Domingo’s debut in his 149th position, because the baritone Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller on the Metropolitan Opera in New York final spring, was offered out and broadly praised.