Wolf Prize Laureate in Music 2012
“for being one of the greatest legendary tennors of all times, instrumental in giving many young artists encouragement and showing devotion to humanitarion causes”.
Maestro Placido Domingo of the Washington and Los Angeles Opera Houses, USA – Placido Domingo is one of the greatest tenors of all times. He has appeared in leading roles in 128 operas in around the world. His repertoire encompasses works from the early 18th century to Wagner and contemporary operas. Since the beginning of his career, Placido Domingo has also exhibited devotion to Israel and to various humanitarian causes. He has been especially active in encouraging young artists, and has shown much initiative as the ambassador of Hear the World, an organization that raises awareness about the importance of hearing and educates the public about the consequences of hearing loss. Placido Domingo is a tenor famous for his powerful, multicolored voice that retains its purity and clarity at all registers.
Notably, at the beginning of this career, Domingo appeared with the Israeli opera between 1962 and 1965. The award to Domingo is the first time the Wolf Foundation has awarded a prize to a vocal artist.