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'Emperor' offers Domingo end to busy year

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo is set to conclude a very hectic year for himself by headlining a New York production of "The Last Emperor."

The 65-year-old operatic tenor has enjoyed a busy 2006 with performances in international locales such as Madrid and Tokyo, but will likely end the year by performing the lead role in the Metropolitan Opera production, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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While Domingo's busy year has helped the singer expand his musical repertoire even further, the opera star admitted he has been contemplating retirement.

"Right now for me it's a mystery of how long I'm going to sing," Domingo confessed. "I have about three or four new operas I will still be doing. It's exciting. But I'm 65 now; I'll be very surprised if I will be singing opera when I'm 70. Perhaps I'll do concerts, but I don't think operas."

The Times reported that the Zhang Yimou-helmed opera, with a lead role written specifically for Domingo, will officially open at the Metropolitan Opera on Dec. 21.

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