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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Domingo to Head Los Angeles Opera

LOS ANGELES -- World-renowned tenor Placido Domingo was named Monday as the next head of the Los Angeles Opera, one of the six largest opera companies in the United States.

Domingo, a member of the Three Tenors - Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras - will take over as the artistic director of Los Angeles Opera in June 2000 when the current head, Peter Hemmings, retires.

In a statement, Domingo said, "The Los Angeles Opera has held a very special place in my heart since the day it was born and it is with great excitement that I accept the challenge of leading it artistically into the next century."

Hemmings, 64, a native of England who previously ran opera companies in London, Scotland and Australia, formed the Los Angeles Opera in 1984. Today it has a budget of $19.5 million for the eight productions it will put on during the current season.

Hemmings, who announced his pending retirement on Monday, said in a statement, "By June 2000 I will have been working with Los Angeles Opera for 16 years and as an opera/orchestra manager for 43 years and it is time to stop." He will retire to England.

Domingo has worked closely with Los Angeles Opera since its inception in 1984 when he became a board director. He is currently its artistic advisor and principal guest conductor. He is also the artistic director of The Washington Opera.

He said in his statement he hoped for a close association between the Los Angeles Opera and Hollywood. "Since Los Angeles is the film capital of the world I hope the giants of the industry will cross the threshold into the world of opera even more so than before," he said.