Placido Domingo

Placido Domingo

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Placido Domingo, far right, as Simon Boccanegra in a production of the Verdi opera at the Royal Opera House in London. Boccanegra was a privateer, or licenced pirate, before becoming Doge of Genoa. Domingo is now fighting piracy in real life, as chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.