Spanish tenor Placido Domingo was named Tuesday as one of the recipients of the 2013 Praemium Imperiale awards, presented by the Japan Art Association.
The Madrid artist is the third Spaniard to receive the award after painter Antoni Tapies and sculptor Eduardo Chillida were so honored in 1990 and 1991, respectively.
The prize, which comes with a cash award of 15 million yen ($151,170), will be presented at a ceremony to be held in Tokyo on Oct. 16.
The other four prize recipients this year are Italian painter Michelangelo Pistoletto, U.S. film director Francis Ford Coppola, British sculptor Antony Gormley and his countryman, architect David Chipperfield.
Each year since 1989, the Japan Art Association has awarded five such prizes, one in each of the following categories: painting, sculpture, music, architecture and film and theater.
In addition to receiving the award, the Spanish tenor will perform within the framework of the 400th anniversary of relations between Spain and Japan in Tokyo on Oct. 12 and 15.
Domingo, 72, last July suffered a pulmonary embolism that prevented him from singing at Madrid’s Royal Theater and forced him to remain hospitalized for a week.