We had a big gala for the Opera last night. During the after party, I got the honor of dining with one of my heroes, the legendary Placido Domingo. Of course he’s one of the greatest artists of all time, a brilliant conductor, a worldwide icon, and won 12 Grammys. But there’s one thing I find the most fascinating…
Most opera singers at the world-class level are known for a few signature roles. They find the ones that best match their language, style, and vocal range. Then they make the circuit of the various opera houses around the world, sticking to their main roles.
Placido does 134.
This is simply unheard of for someone operating at his level. So I asked him what drove him to do that? Did he get bored with being safe? Does he do it because he seeks the challenge? His answer was surprising.
“It’s nothing to do with challenge,” he said. “I have passion for the music. And even if I lived three lifetimes, I could never perform all the music I love!”
So what’s the lesson for you?