Placido Domingo, one of the greatest tenors of our time, presents his first pop album in over twenty years and his first recording since signing exclusively to Sony Classical in 2011. Songs,a CD featuring duets with some of today's most acclaimed artists, will be available on October 16, 2012. Duet partners include Josh Groban , Susan Boyle , Harry Connick Jr. , Chris Botti, Megan Hilty, Katherine Jenkins, Placido's son Placido Jr. and Zaz.
The repertoire, in four languages, is chosen from over 70 years of the world's most popular melodies. It goes from the sensuous Mexican 1940's classic "Bésame mucho" (here arranged as a duet with star trumpeter Chris Botti) to Shania Twain's 1990s hit "From This Moment On," performed with Susan Boyle. Of Boyle, Domingo says, "She was like an angel in that competition (Britain's Got Talent). I knew I had to sing with such a beautiful voice."
He returns to Frank Sinatra's hit "Time After Time"(here a duet with jazz singer Harry Connick Jr.).Also featured are a few solo tracks from Placido such as "Besame Mucho," "Un Uomo Tra La Folla." and "Canción para una reina" which were specially written for the tenor.
Film plays an important role on the disc. Domingo duets with Welsh opera star and recent Dancing With The Stars alum Katherine Jenkins on "Come What May"from the film Moulin Rouge (in which he had a memorable cameo role). Other songs include "Eternally"from the Charlie Chaplin film Limelight, "Parla più Piano"from The Godfather, and the beautifully melancholy "Sous le ciel de Paris" with Josh Groban. The tenor, who was born in Spain and educated in Mexico, reflects the Latin aspect of his heritage with the famous bossa nova "Girl from Ipanema," and the Spanish-language hit "Celos."
Particularly close to his heart is the duet with his son Plácido Domingo Jr., "What a Wonderful World." "It contains the line ‘I hear babies cry' and I was thinking about my own children and grandchildren when singing it," he says.
Domingo, who has 139 operatic roles in his repertoire as both tenor and baritone, and who has a parallel career as an operatic conductor too, confesses that this album has nevertheless been one of his greatest challenges. "These songs have been made famous by Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong... and yet anyone at home can sing them in the shower too. People think pop songs are easy. But to come to the public, and make them special - that's incredibly exciting. I'm delighted with the beautiful collection we've created."