PERFORMER Richard Hunt
DEBUT 1986
DESIGN Richard Termine designer & builder

Placido Flamingo and his namesake, Plácido Domingo, in Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting.

Richard Hunt with the Placidos.

Placido Flamingo's "cameo" in Episode 4195.

Placido Flamingo is an operatic flamingo from Sesame Street whose performances at the Nestropolitan Opera are seen in the "Live from the Nest" series. He is based on the famous tenor, Plácido Domingo. Placido is proud of his talents and not averse to the sound of his own voice. The character was first introduced in Episode 2134 from Season 17, and helped to introduce classical music into the series. The character was created by writer Mark Saltzman who wrote the character's first three appearances.[1]

Following Hunt's death in 1992, the character was retired, but continued to appear in re-used segments through 1998. He also made a background appearance in the 1996 Lowes Theater Policy trailer.

Placido Flamingo is still frequently cited in articles about opera appreciation, as an effective and influential early introduction to opera, ranking with the Bugs Bunny short What's Opera Doc? (1957).


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