Plácido Domingo

The Young Domingo

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For Placido Domingo fans, THE YOUNG DOMINGO serves up more than enough satisfying fare. These two disks contain not only the entirety of three opera aria recordings made by Domingo from 1969 (the year following his triumphant debut at the Metropolitan Opera) to 1973. They also include two Ruggero Leoncavallo selections that were originally a part of Domingo's recording of 'I Pagliacci' and (most exciting) "Pourquoi me réveiller?" from Jules Massenet's 'Werther;' a recording that never made it to the original LP for reasons of space.

In the 1969 liner notes to 'Romantic Aria,' the earliest of the three recordings included on this disk, Richard Mohr wrote that Domingo, as a child, "began to dream of being a conductor, an ambition that still haunts him." In recent years, Domingo has moved in the direction of fulfilling that dream, conducting more and singing less. It seems appropriate, then, to begin looking back and taking stock of his remarkable career. While Domingo has kept much of his inimitable vocal luster over the past thirty years, the selections on this disk capture Domingo in his youthful bloom and testify to why he electrified the operatic community when he first came on the scene.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17
1
5:27
Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527
2 4:27
Le duc d'Albe (Il duca d'Alba), opera
3 7:41
La Juive, opera
4
6:13
Luisa Miller, opera
5 5:11
Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75
6
5:47
Simon Boccanegra, opera
7 5:23
Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24
8 9:13
Le villi, opera
9 5:37
Iris, opera (melodramma) in 3 acts
10 2:40
Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts
11 3:04
Pagliacci, opera
12 4:15
L' elisir d'amore, opera
13 5:01
La bohème, opera
14
3:35
Manon, opera in 5 acts
15 4:56
L' Arlesiana, opera
16
Martha, opera
17
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera
18
Rigoletto, opera
19
Le Cid, opera
20
L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts
21
Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
22
Faust, opera
23
Rigoletto, opera
24
La forza del destino, opera
25
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