It is a great pleasure for the City of Pécs and the University of Pécs to promote the Pécs Plácido Domingo Classics, an international multicultural festival in honour of Maestro Plácido Domingo. The annual festival will be launched on 22 June 2017 and sponsored by the PTE 650 Jubilee Project.
Placido Domingo, opera singer, conductor, founder of Operalia World Opera Competition, General Director of Los Angeles Opera and former member of “3 Tenors” was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the Senate of the University of Pécs on 7 February, 2016.
The explanatory memorandum stated that with the doctor Honoris Causa titlethe University of Pécs expresses its respect and acknowledgement and would like to recognise Plácido Domingo’s artistic greatness as well as his services done for the City of Pécs as a patronage of the European Capital of Culture Program in 2010.
Following the ceremony, Plácido Domingo has taken the certificate of Doctor Honoris Causa and the gown as the symbol of belonging to the professors’ community of the University of Pécs. In his welcome speech the world-famous artist has mentioned his personal experience as well: ‘I first visited Hungary in 1973, and throughout my career I have worked with outstanding Hungarian artists in the world of opera […] I have great love and respect for the excellent Hungarian composers – Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Franz Liszt, Franz Lehár, and Ferenc Erkel, among others. Not to mention the fact that as a passionate fan of the Real Madrid football team, in the city where I was born, I was a great admirer of Ferenc Puskás, who was one of our star players for many years.” – said Plácido Domingo.