World renowned opera star Plácido Domingo returned to Chapman University to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Musco Center for the Arts, where he officially opened the center by performing at the grand opening concert.
Domingo, a longtime friend and artistic advisor of the university, was presented an Honorary Doctor of Arts in a presentation that included songs performed by Chapman College of Performing Arts students and alumni, a short video of the Musco Center opening, followed by speeches commemorating the anniversary and a birthday cake served to the overflowing crowd on the Aitken Arts Plaza.
The multifaceted artist, recognized as one of the finest singing actors in the history of opera as well as for his expertise as conductor and accomplished opera administrator in his role as the Eli and Edyth Broad General Director of LA Opera, was touched by the university’s presentation of a bronze bust in his honor. Chapman’s signature busts, scattered throughout the campus, recognize poets, U.S. Presidents, singers and statesmen. Domingo’s bust, created by sculptor Juan Rosillo, was a gift from Robert A. Day, founder of Trust Company of The West and a longtime friend of Domingo.