Placido Domingo

  • Aired:  02/23/12
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Spanish tenor Placido Domingo talks about his world-famous production of "Tosca" and explains why women find tenors so captivating. (3:50)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE MOST

FAMOUS OPERA SINGER IN THE

WORLD, EVEN BETTER, YOU'RE

NOT WATCHING PBS.

PLEASE WELCOME PRACTISE I

HADO DOMINGO-- PLASCIDO

DOMINGO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, PLEASE,

SIT DOWN.

NOW, NOW, SIR, I'M AN

ENORMOUS FAN.

NOT ONLY OF YOU BUT OF THE

FORM OF OPERA.

>> REALLY.

>> Stephen: YEAH, BECAUSE

YOU GET YOUR MONEY'S WORTH

OUT OF OPERA.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

NOT ENOUGH.

>> Stephen: IT'S PRICEY.

IT'S PRICEY.

I LOVE THE WAY THAT YOU

OFFER PEOPLE JUST STOCK THE.

>>Y CROWD FOR THOSE TICKET

PRICES.

BUT YOU REALLY GIVE THE

PEOPLE SOMETHING FOR THEIR

MONEY.

LIKE YOU ARE BURST INTO

TEARS 15 MINUTES IN AND THE

LEADING LADY DIES FOR LIKE

FOUR HOURS.

WHAT'S THE LONGEST IT'S

TAKEN TO YOU DIE ON STAGE?

>> WELL, ACTUALLY, I'M JUST

DOING AN OPERA, NOW.

WITH --

>> SORRY WHAT?

>> SIMONEE.

>> OKAY, BUT GO AHEAD.

>> OKAY, SO THIS CHARACTER,

THIS CHARACTER GETS POISONED

IN THE SECOND ACT AND I DIE

IN THE THIRD ACT, YOU KNOW.

>> SO THIS IS THE LONGEST IT

TOOK ME TO DIE.

>> AND YOU HAVE SUNG IN THE

MOST VIEWED OPERA OF OFF

TIME.

YOUR PRODUCTION OFS TO CA

WAS SEEN BY A BILLION PEOPLE,

CORRECT?

>> RIGHT.

>> WOW, THAT'S ONE OUT OF

EVERY SIX PEOPLE ON THE

PLANET.

OR LIKE TWO-THIRDS OF THE

CHINESE.

EITHER ONE.

>> WELL, YES.

>> WHY IS IS THE TEN ORS GET

ALL THE ATTENTION.

WHY DO THE TENNORS ALWAYS

GET THE GIRL.

WHY NOT THE BAR I TONE.

>> WELL, THE BIG CESS

BECAUSE THE TENNORS,-- YOU

KNOW, AND SOMETIMES THEY ARE

GOOD LOOKING.

NOT ALWAYS, YOU KNOW.

>> YOU LOOK LIKE THE MOST

INTERESTING MAN IN THE

WORLD.

>>

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> YOU KNOW.

>> I DON'T ALWAYS, I DON'T

ALWAYS SING OPERA, BUT WHEN

I DO I'M THE TENNOR.

>> OF COURSE.

>> NOW I GOT ONE PROBLEM

WITH OPERA.

WHY ALL THE EUROPEAN

LANGUAGES?

WHY THE ITALIAN, THE SPANISH,

FRENCH, GERMAN, WHY NOT GOOD

SOLID AMERICAN OPERAS?

HAVE YOU DONE AN AMERICAN

OPERA.

>> YEAH.

>> WERE YOU LIKE MUSTAFA IN

THE LION KING.

>> I HAVE DONE SOME AMERICAN

OPERAS.

AND THEY ARE VERY, VERY GOOD

AMERICAN OPERAS ALSO.

BUT OF COURSE THE OPERA WAS

BORN 400 YEARS AGO IN

EUROPE.

AND OF COURSE, TART IN ITALY,

YOU KNOW, THEN FRENCH,

RUSSIAN, GERMAN.

AND SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES.

>> THE BEST OP RA, WHAT DOES

THAT SOUND LIKE.

>> THE BEST OP RA, I CANNOT

SAY.

>> RIGOLLETA, THAT SONG.

>> ABSOLUTELY, THE MOST

POPULAR SONG.

>> IT IS SO KNOWN, THE OPERA,

THAT THE WHOLE EVENING THEY

ARE, THE PUBLIC IS SITTING,

YOU KNOW, IN 9 AUDITORIUM

AND WHEN IT COMES-- EVERYBODY

RIGOLETTO.

>> THEY SING ALONG, IS IT

LIKE A-- CONCERT.

>> NO, THEY DON'T, THAT WAB

FUN, YOU KNOW, JUST SAY COME

ON, SING WITH US.

COME ON.

>> JOIN IN THE CHORUS.

>> DOW EVER TEACH PEOPLE TO

SING.

DO YOU DO MASTER CLASSES,

THAT KIND OF STUFF.

>> I SOMETIMES.

>> WOULD YOU TEACH ME HOW TO

SING.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> I TELL YOU WHAT, WHEN WE

COME BACK, PLACIDO AND I, WE

WILL OPERA.

>> YEAH,

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> YOU TELL ME.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH,

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