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article imagePlácido Domingo wins Wolf Prize for the Arts

By Tim Sandle     Jan 10, 2012 in Entertainment
Jerusalem - Opera singer Plácido Domingo, together with music conductor Simon Rattle, has won the distinguished Wolf Prize for the Arts.
As the BBC reports Plácido Domingo, the Spanish tenor, is the first vocalist artist to win Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize for the arts.
The Miami Herald notes that both Domingo and Rattle received an award of $100,000 (£64,000). The award will be presented at a ceremony at the Israel parliament (the Knesset building in Jerusalem) later during 2012.
Plácido Domingo (born José Plácido Domingo Embil in Spain in 1941) has enjoyed a long career as an opera singer, beginning in the 1960s and arguably peaking as one of The Three Tenors along with José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, who performed an concert on the eve of the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final. The Huffington Post states that Domingo spent three years, between 1962 and 1965, performing with the Israeli opera company.
Sir Simon Rattle (born in 1955), is an English conductor, who is currently the principal conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic. Rattle has also conducted orchestras in England and across North America.
The Wolf Prize was established by the Wolf Foundation in 1976 from an initial endowment fund of $10 million donated by the Wolf family (Dr. Ricardo Wolf, who made his fortune from recovering iron trough iron smelting, and his wife Francisca). As well as the arts, the Wolf Prize is also handed out annually to leading people active in the categories of agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics and the arts.
The Times-Standard records that the other awards were given to U.S.-based scientists A. Paul Alivisatos and Charles M. Lieber; mathematicians Michael Aschbacher and Luis Caffarelli; and, for medicine, to Ronald M. Evans.
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