Sep 17, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Placido Domingo has been named as one of this year’s  winners of the award known as the Nobel Prize of the Arts.

The acclaimed Spanish tenor  is among five artists to be awarded the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale Awards, which come with a purse of about $156,000.

Film director Francis Ford Coppola is also one of the winners, along with British sculptor Antony Gormley, British architect David Chipperfield, and Italian painter Michelangelo Pistoletto.

The winners will receive their awards from Japan’s Prince Hitachi at a ceremony in Japan in October.

The prize was founded in 1989 and is considered one of the largest in the world. Previous winners include Leonard Bernstein, Ingmar Bergman, Sophia Loren, Dame Judi Dench, and Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry.

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