The producer of the animated series on the Fox network, Al Jean, described the episode — titled "The Homer of Seville" — this way to the website ComingSoon.net: "Homer becomes an opera star, and he has these groupies who are these middle-aged matrons that chase him around and Marge is really jealous." Homer turns to Domingo, for career advice — not on technique or repertoire, but on how to keep the babes at bay. (The series's website, www.thesimpsons.com, currently has on its homepage a still image from the episode of the veteran Spanish hunkentenor, clad only in a bath towel.)
"The Homer of Seville" airs on the Fox television network this evening at 8 p.m. U.S. Eastern time / 7 p.m. U.S. Central time. (Check your local listings for the exact broadcast time in your area.)
While at least one Simpsons episode before now has had an opera theme (Bart and Lisa wrote and staged one), Domingo is the first opera star to appear on the series in its more-than-18-year history. (So far.)
"I have seen episodes and I see how people react to the shows," the tenor told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview published today, "and so I say, why not?"
Nancy Cartwright, the actress who provides the voice of Bart Simpson, wrote of Domingo on her website, "Although he and Bart didn't have any scenes together, watching the 'King of Opera' take singing lessons from Homer was definitely one of the highlights of working on the show."