Placido Domingo extends Los Angeles Opera tenure

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Placido Domingo Domingo returned to the stage earlier this year after suffering from colon cancer

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Spanish tenor Placido Domingo is to remain the director of Los Angeles Opera for at least another three years, it has been announced.

The 69-year-old star said he was "thrilled" to continue his work with the company in a "creatively challenging" role.

Domingo will be named person of the year at the Latin Grammys in November.

The Spaniard - one of the Three Tenors - had colon cancer surgery in March and returned to the stage a month later.

He also performed at the Royal Albert Hall during the Proms earlier this month.

Domingo served as an artistic advisor to the LA Opera when it was founded in 1986, becoming its artistic director in 2000.

He is due to star in a production of Il Postino later this week, the world premiere of an operatic adaptation of the 1994 film.

The US company is marking the start of its 25th anniversary season with the new work.

It will mark Domingo's 134th career role, his first being for New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1968.

LA Opera chairman Mark Stern said Domingo's achievements have been "astonishing", transforming the city from an "operatic no-man's land".

"I am thrilled that he will continue his long and very happy association with LA Opera."

Domingo added that one of the company's greatest moments under his directorship was staging a production of Wagner's epic Ring cycle.

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