Having earthquakes has its upside – world famous opera stars honouring us with their presence for example. Placido Domingo has always been my favourite tenor. I can take or leave Pavarotti and never liked Jose Carreras, but Domingo is a sort of baritone tenor and I find his voice rich and satisfying.
He can act as well. I first saw him on film in a version of Carmen which screened at a film festival way back, playing opposite the sexiest Carmen I have ever seen. I came out of the theatre feeling as though my spirit had just been to a banquet. He followed up not much later with a film version of Otello which was equally spellbinding and passionate.
He’s getting on a bit now, but he looks after his voice by conducting rather than singing all the time. You’ll need to get in quick to get a ticket because they’re selling fast despite the hefty price tag.
If you miss out though, we can provide you with some great recordings as CDs, or streamed on your computer through Music Online or Naxos Online Music Library, and even online videos in Naxos Online Video Library.