The Kremlin website has published birthday greetings from the President to the singer:
‘People know you as an outstanding musician, a true Master and creator. We know you as a sincere, incredibly charming and communicative person. Your unique powerful and beautiful voice and bright acting spirit have brought you world fame.
‘It is important that you do not rest on your laurels but continue to share your priceless knowledge and professional secrets with beginning performers, giving great attention to supporting talented young people.’
He went on to wish Domingo good health, inexhaustible inspiration and success in all his activities.
Kremlin picture, 2012