Tenor, fan Domingo to perform at WCup

RIO DE JANEIRO – For Placido Domingo, opera and soccer go hand in hand. The Spanish tenor has performed during almost every World Cup since 1990 and plans a July 11 concert in Rio de Janeiro, just two days before the city hosts the final game.

At a news conference Thursday aimed at promoting his show, Domingo talked more about his other passion – soccer – than the concert at the HSBC arena.

Domingo said that as a young man he played goalkeeper until a broken finger forced him to take up an offensive position. “But I just wasn’t that good,” he said, holding up a crooked index finger he called a “souvenir of my soccer years.” Domingo said his concert in Rio will include a selection of arias as well as Spanish zarzuelas, American show tunes and local Brazilian music by the likes of famed Rio-born composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and several popular sambas.