For the first time in his spectacular, historic career, PLÁCIDO DOMINGO records as a baritone on VERDI, an album of the composer s most beloved baritone arias. Having performed and recorded all of Verdi s great tenor arias, Domingo is excited to explore the darker characters from Verdi s most famous operas including Rigoletto, La traviata, Don Carlo, and more. Starting in 2009, Domingo first performed as a baritone in the title role in Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House in London and repeated the role to great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. That was soon followed by roles as Rigoletto, Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari and Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. Says Domingo, on the celebration of Verdi s 200th birthday, Verdi is a wellspring of great music, and every lyric singer is grateful to him. For me, 2013 must be a special celebration, a tribute and an act of thanksgiving and love toward Giuseppe Verdi. Domingo s first role as an opera singer was Borsa in Rigoletto, and he is considered to be THE Verdi tenor of his generation. With his new album of the composer s baritone arias, VERDI, Plácido Domingo begins a new era in his vocal abilities, which now makes him, simply, THE Verdi SINGER. Plácido Domingo is a legend. One of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, he is also a conductor and a major force as an opera administrator in his role as general director of two companies: Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera. As a singer, Domingo s repertoire encompasses 134 roles, a number unmatched by any other tenor in history, with more than 3,500 career performances. He has won twelve Grammy® Awards and his recordings and appearances with José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti as The Three Tenors was one of the most successful musical partnerships of all time.