CELEBRITY MADRIDISTAS

PLÁCIDO DOMINGO

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World renowned Spanish artist and conductor, currently the general director of the Los Angeles Opera here, and will perform the 7th of June at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

 José Plácido Domingo Embil – was born 21st of January 1941, in the distrito de Retiro section of Madrid, Spain, and in 1949 moved to Mexico with his family, who ran a zarzuela company.

He was born to Plácido Francisco Domingo Ferrer (8 March 1907 – 22 November 1987) and Pepita Embil Echaníz (28 February 1918 – 28 September 1994), two Spanish zarzuela stars who nurtured his early musical abilities. Domingo’s father was half Catalan and half Aragonese, while his mother was a Basque. His father was a violinist performing for an opera and zarzuela orchestra. He was a baritone and actively taking roles in zarzuela. However his promising career as a baritone ended after he damaged his voice by singing with a cold. Domingo’s mother was an established singer who made her zarzuela debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. She met her husband at age 21 while performing in Federico Moreno Torroba’s Sor Navarra.

 In 1946 Moreno Torroba and Domingo’s parents formed a zarzuela company and travelled frequently to Mexico. His parents later stayed permanently in Mexico and established their own zarzuela troupe, the Domingo-Embil Company. In addition to their son, they also have a daughter, Maria José Domingo de Fernandez.

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PLÁCIDO DOMINGO – 1979

Plácido Domingo awarded

honorary doctorate by

the Universidad Europea

28 January 2013

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The Universidad Europea unanimously agreed to award the honorary doctorate to Plácido Domingo. The honorary Real Madrid member received the highest academic distinction from Lech Walesa. The award is made by the school to those professionals who, because of their skills and personal and professional development and having national and international recognition, excel in the fields of science, technology, culture, teaching, research or any of the professional areas that contribute to our society.
Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez and Third Vice-president, Pedro Lopez Jimenez attended the event in which the tenor and General Director of the LOS ANGELES OPERA received the highest academic distinction for his long and illustrious career and for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of culture in modern society and the image of our country. “As Real Madrid President I have unique moments away from the pitch and to be alongside Plácido Domingo is one of them because he is a genius who is full of humanity and has become an inspiration for new singers. He is our eternal Ballon d’Or winner for music and is our ultimate artist”, said in the Whites’ president in his eulogy.

Gerard Mortier, artistic director at Madrid’s Royal Theatre and Florentino Perez were charged with making the eulogy. “His life history is a tale of high achievement. Placido Domingo belongs to an exclusive group of singers who can make the audience have extreme feelings. He is an icon with whom we want to feel identified. To all friends of art in Spain you are a guardian angel”, he said.

Then Florentino Perez made his speech: “This university will do justice today. This place for the pursuit of knowledge gives the highest honour to a remarkable man. As Real Madrid President I have unique moments away from the pitch and to be alongside Placido Domingo is one of them because he is a genius who is full of humanity and has become an inspiration for new singers. His passion for life, his charm and his artistic intelligence are beyond human. He is our eternal Ballon d’Or winner for music and is our ultimate artist. His stage is the world and we are looking at the greatest tenor of all time and a person who was chosen as such by the British network, the BBC. Nobody on earth can, wearing their own team’s shirt, say that they are the voice behind the anthem sang by millions of their team’s fans worldwide. Placido is a tenor that is loved by all, but above all he is the voice of the world.”

An emotional Placido was the last to speak and referred to his special relationship with REAL MADRID: “The privilege of making so many people happy is something that makes us proud as artists. We are privileged because we can bring peace, tranquillity and pleasure to audiences. I want to thank the deep and meaningful words from Gerard Mortier and Florentino Perez, the President of the team that I love, I was deeply moved. It is an honour, as a Spaniard, Real Madrid fan, someone from Madrid and as a European to receive this title. My love and passion for football have brought me to meet Butragueño and Sanchis, who have been to see me sing many times. They are big opera fans and it was back then that my connection with Real Madrid began. After that I met Florentino Perez and thanks to them I became connected with this young university. The Universidad Europea, like Real Madrid, has an international reach that goes beyond local recognition and is on a worldwide level”.

To end his speech said: “I never had the opportunity to go to university, but it is still not too late. Half a century has passed by and seems like it was yesterday. I look forward to giving that passion that grows inside me every day and does not diminish. It is a privilege to be able to express oneself through one’s voice, the most sensitive instrument there is, because you live with it and everything has an effect on you. Living with a voice is very difficult, but the rewards are extraordinary”.

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– PLÁCIDO DOMINGO –

LOS ANGELES  Zarzuela concert 7th of June

AN EVENING OF SPANISH ZARZUELA AND LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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Janai Brugger, with Placido Domingo, performing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 2011. The singers will be part of a June concert devoted to zarzuela and Latin American music.
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General Director Plácido Domingo, whose parents were celebrated singers of zarzuela—the popular Spanish form of operetta—will perform as both singer and as conductor, leading the LA Opera Orchestra.

The soloists will include soprano Janai Brugger, whose recent appearances include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Liu in Turandot and Musetta in La Bohème with LA OperaMs. Brugger is a former member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program who in 2012 won three top awards at Operalia, the international vocal competition founded by Mr. Domingo. She will be joined by tenor Joshua Guerrero, a first-year member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and by Uruguayan soprano María Antúnez, a 2011 Operalia semi-finalist who will create the title role in LA Opera’s May 2013 world premiere of Dulce Rosa by Lee Holdridge. The concert will be followed by the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award presentation to soprano Ailyn Pérez.

The Plácido Domingo Award 
The Plácido Domingo Award is presented each year by Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera, a support organization for the Company, to celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic artists as well as those who contribute to the awareness of opera and its educational value in the Latino community of Los Angeles. The presentation and gala dinner, chaired by HLAO Founder Alicia Garcia Clark, will take place in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall immediately after the concert. Proceeds from the event will benefit LA Opera’s internationally acclaimed Education and Community Programs, which reach more than 150,000 adults and children, many of whom are of Hispanic descent, each year throughout Southern California.

Plácido Domingo

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In 2002, Domingo wrote “Himno del Centenario del Real Madrid.” The song was presented live at the Bernabéu Stadium during celebrations of the football club Real Madrid’s 100 years anniversary.
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On 13 May 2012, Domingo performed during season-ending celebrations of Real Madrid C.F., the team having won their 32nd league title.

Domingo is a huge fan and Honorary Member of Los Merengues.

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Antonio Banderas: Actor

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This one is another big one for Real Madrid…

José Antonio Domínguez Bandera, better known under the name of Antonio Banderas, is a popular Spanish film actor, film producer, film director and singer.

The 52-year-old superstar has appeared in blockbuster films including Assassins, The Mask of Zorro and Shrek.

Antonio Banderas

buys €20k Real Madrid

shirts for charity

18 March 2013

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, famous for a host of worldwide films including Evita has bought REAL MADRID C. F.  jerseys for a fee of  €20k.

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Banderas organised a charity dinner, tickets for the event cost €250 per person, with food prepared by chef Andrea Tumbarello. After the meal, there was an auction to raise even more money for Banderas’ chosen charities.

Signed Real Madrid shirts were kindly donated by José Callejón, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa and Kaká, and Banderas showed his appreciate to the quintet’s generosity by bidding a mammoth 20,000 euros for the shirts.

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Julio Iglesias: Singer

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Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva, best known as Julio Iglesias, is a Spanish singer and songwriter who is one of Sony’s best selling music artists ever. Today, he remains a fan of the club.

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Long before his successful career in the music industry, the legendary mellow, smooth, romantic Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias was, while attending law school in Madrid in the early sixties, for a short period goalkeeper for the Real Madrid soccer team.

In 1963, his career as a football athlete was cut short after a car accident. Iglesias started playing the guitar soon after he had been hospitalised. Still recovering from his injuries a nurse gave him a guitar, and Julio Iglesias began writing songs.

“I had a car accident, very, very strong car accident,” remembers Iglesias. “I had what they call paraparexia, which is not a paraplegic. It’s a compression in the cord, in the sense of the neck … my spinal cord, and I was very, very ill for three years.”
“Doctors thought that I would never walk again. But slowly, I started to recover. And to increase dexterity in my hands, I began to play the guitar.”

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Rafael Nadal: Tennis Star

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Rafael Nadal is one of the most famed tennis stars nowadays. He is usually ranked as one of the best by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

  He is an especially massive Real Madrid fan.

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Sergio Garcia: Golfer

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Sergio García is obviously one of the biggest names in golf. The Spanish sportsman has been one of the top rated golfers according to the Official World Golf Rankings.

The 33-year-old and Byron Nelson Award-winner plays in the PGA Tour, as well as in the European Tour. He loves football, and Real Madrid C. F.

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Viggo Mortensen: Artist

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Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr., better known simply as Viggo Mortensen, is a popular actor, painter, poet, photographer and musician.

The 54-year-old celebrity, who is married to American artist Exene Cervenka, is renowned for his roles in The Lord of the RingsA History of Violence and Eastern Promises.

He is also a fan of Real Madrid C. F.

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