Picks and Pans Review: My First Forty Years

updated 12/05/1983 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/1983 01:00AM

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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