Placido Domingo: Greatest Hits Slideshow

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When Plácido Domingo took the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion on Saturday night, he was taking on his 140th role but it was his first time playing Venetian ruler Francesco Foscari. The production was The Two Foscari, a Verdi opera so obscure it was last staged in the United States 40 years ago. In fact, when it debuted in 1844, it enraged Venice’s aristocrats who didn’t care for the way they were portrayed. Fortunately, Domingo got a much warmer reception from L.A. audiences this weekend. In this photo gallery, we take a look at the 71-year-old singer’s storied career, much of which is enmeshed with the L.A Opera. (The Two Foscari runs through Oct. 9.)