Placido Domingo at the BBC  24851

  • 00:02:15 Domingo interviewed on Omnibus warming up
  • 00:06:30 Omnibus interview continued: on not having a proper singing teacher. On not being able to explain how he sings. Vague talk about support from diaphragm, and feeling of hitting a ball.
  • 00:11:10 Bernard Levin, 1971: ‘Music on Two: Profile in Music’. On how he prepares a role: sits at piano, plays through several times and then realises that he knows the opera.
  • 00:19:00 “You’re a family man … now this is a great problem of course for any musician moving about all over the world …” “I think that children are wonderful … something else to concern you … wouldn’t be able to live just with the worry of singing”. Picture of Domingo at play with children.
  • 00:22:55 Parkinson: “Placido, I didn’t realise that you were once a pianist in a night club …” … Praying to Santa Cecilia before singing, to be really able to “make justice to the composers” … After the last performance in a city, goes on stage and sings what he will sing the next time he goes to that city, like “a thanking God to be there and hoping you will come back to the same place.”
  • 00:27:30 From Placido Domingo’s Christmas Choice, 1980: Dream was to play football … wants to meet Kevin Keegan and play with him. Intercut with Parkinson: “You have to be extraordinarily fit to do what you do …”
  • 00:32:00 Parkinson: “For me, a melody like Mr Mancini [gestures to him] or Andrew Lloyd Webber … when it has the quality it could be any Lieder by Schubert … the only difference is the harmony and the rhythmus.”


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