Classical Music Awards: Single Event of the Year - Tosca; Male Singer of the Year - Placido Domingo: The International Classical Music Awards in association with Kenwood Corporation and the Independent: Artists strike triumphant note on big awards night

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NOT ONLY an artistic triumph but an extraordinary feat of technical co-operation, Tosca was performed in real time, using the Roman locations and the times of day at which the opera is set, and transmitted live into 107 countries by way of 27 cameras and five satellites.

Andrea Anderman's vision seemed to court hubris but emerged a triumph, Placido Domingo's fall in Act One notwithstanding. The cast, which also included Catherine Malfitano and Ruggero Raimondi, kept in touch with the RAI Orchestra and the conductor Zubin Mehta, who were performing in a studio, by way of concealed monitors and microphones.

THAT Tosca probably made Domingo most people's Singer of the Year. In the eyes of the jury it was also because he continues even now, in his 25th season on the European stage, to extend his range of classical and contemporary operatic repertoire.

In the next two-and-a-half years, he says, he has five new operas to learn. In the past year he has sung Parsifal at La Scala, the Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten (for the Decca recording), and Figaro - a baritone role - in The Barber of Seville. Born in Madrid, he studied piano and conducting at first, made his singing debut in Mexico in 1957, and learned his craft with the Israel National Opera in the early 1960s, mostly in Hebrew. Recent appearances include Don Carlos in Vienna, Samson et Dalila and Otello at Covent Garden and in St Petersburg, Carmen in Los Angeles, and several spectacular solo concerts.

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