Placido Domingo wins Israel's Wolf Prize

Placido Domingo has become the first vocal artist to win Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize for the arts, organisers have announced.

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The 70-year-old Spanish tenor, who performed with the Israeli Opera for three years in the 1960s, shares the award with conductor Sir Simon Rattle for their contributions to music.

As well as the arts, the Wolf Prize is awarded in five other fields particularly in the area of science. Each recipent receives $100,000 (£64,000) and many previous winners have gone on to win Nobel prizes.

The award will be handed out during a ceremony at the Knesset building - Israel's parliament - in Jerusalem later this year.

Last year the Wolf Prize for the arts was awarded to German artist Rosemarie Trockel for her contribution to painting.

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