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But who was this gorgeous creature that had just joined him? None other
than Renée Fleming for the love duet 'Gia nella notte densa' from
Verdi's Otello. I went weak at the knees. Suddenly, the real core
of what this gala event signified in musical terms came majestically across.
And this is what the Spoleto audience realised at the rehearsal as well
as the concert itself. Although I never had the chance of talking with Domingo,
Renée was wonderfully gracious and totally unspoilt in the few words
we had together. Hopefully, we will speak again soon. She gave stunning
performances of Dvorák's O silver moon from Rusalka, and one
of her favourite arias, 'Steal me sweet thief' from Menotti's The Old
Man and the Thief.
I must also express my admiration for Susan Bullock, who I first heard
sing the Dvorák at Birmingham under Libor Pesek. He loved her singing
and Susan played the lead in the Chandos recording of Menotti's The Consul.
At the Gala she gave a glorious account of 'Dich teure Halle' from Wagner's
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Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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