Feb. 12, 1969: Placido Domingo, rising star of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, brought his voice to Scranton on a Wednesday night.

The tenor’s appearance at the Masonic Temple was part of the 1968-69 Community Concert Series. The first part of Domingo’s performance was filled with a hit-parade of opera that included “Il Mio Tesoro” from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” “Tombe degli avi miei” from Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s “Tosca,” “The Flower Song” or “La Fleur Que Tu M’avais Jetée” from Bizet’s “Carmen” and, for his finale, “Vesti la giubba” from Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.”

Placido Domingo, Metropolitan Opera tenor, was featured performer at the Community Concert Association’s second concert for the season on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1969 at the Masonic Temple. From left: George Eisner, Mrs. Leo Giombetti, Placido Domingo, George Posell, Domingo’s accompanist; and Mrs. Jerome Thier. Times-Tribune Archives

With Valentine’s Day just two day away, Domingo filled the second part of his performance with love songs. He delivered two romantic pieces from his home country of Spain followed by the Neapolitan ballad “Core ‘Ngrato” and “Ideale” by Tosti.
For his encore, he treated those gathered to “Amor ti vieta” from Giordano’s “Fedora.”

The reviewer of his performance wrote in The Tribune “that audience hung on every note” and that “the lucky members of the Community Concert audience will not forget the name Placido Domingo.”

Domingo’s star continued to rise. He performed around the world and later became the director of the National Opera in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles Opera. In the 1990s, along with fellow world-famous tenors Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, Domingo formed the trio known as “The Three Tenors,” which performed around the globe.

Tenor Jose Carreras, center, gestures while he and tenors Placido Domingo, left, and Luciano Pavarotti perform in front of thousands of people gathered on the Champs de Mars field, Friday July 10, 1998, in Paris. The Three Tenors are staging their third World Cup concert.(AP PHOTO/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Today, Domingo continues to perform and conduct. In late February and early March, he will conduct Verdi’s “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera, and in late April, he will return to the Met’s stage to perform in Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

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