Placido Domingo will leave Washington National Opera

Placido Domingo, 69, has been artistic director at the Washington National Opera since 1996 and served as its general director since 2003. He is also general director of the Los Angeles Opera.

“It has been a long and fruitful collaboration, and although I will continue to help the company artistically in any way possible, the current season – my fifteenth with Washington National Opera – will be my last as general director,” Domingo told the company’s board.

“He will be missed, but all good things must come to an end,” said WNO President Kenneth Feinberg.

“Placido’s association with WNO was essential to the company’s artistic development and helped it to gain recognition nationally and internationally.”

Under his current contract, Domingo will return to Washington next year to sing Iphigenie en Tauride and will conduct performances of Madama Butterfly and Don Pasquale.