Picks and Pans Review: My First Forty Years
by Plácido Domingo
Fortunately, opera superstar Plácido Domingo sings better than he scribbles. Although he protests, "I do not want to bore the reader by turning this book into a catalogue of performances and airplane flights," his autobiography is mostly a tedious recital of roles and theaters he has played. Domingo has only praise for fellow singers, directors and conductors, and a typical revelation concerns a performance of Pagliacci after his son Alvaro's birth in 1968. Instead of throwing candy to the onstage children as is traditional, Domingo tossed cigars with "It's a boy" wrappers to the adults. Stop the presses. (Knopf, $15.95)
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