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At intermission, there were more libations and even a few sweets. For the second part of the program Domingo and Racette turned to music composed to Russian, Spanish and English texts. He began with Gherman's Act I aria from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades and she offered Tatiana's emotion-filled Letter Scene from the same composer's Eugene Onegin. Domingo then sang Federico Moreno Torroba's 'Amor, vida de mi vida' from Maravilla as beautifully and as plaintively as it has ever been sung.

Maestro Conlon cooled the atmosphere a bit with a delicate but full-blooded interpretation of the Entr'acte from Georges Bizet's Carmen.

Plácido Domingo. Photo © 2008 Robert Millard
Plácido Domingo. Photo © 2008 Robert Millard

When Racette and Domingo returned, it was for some lighter selections beginning with The Balcony Scene from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. Racette then appeared with a microphone in hand to sing 'Losing my Mind' from Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Although it was somewhat different in style from the music that preceded and followed, the audience seemed to enjoy it. Domingo's final listed selection was Pablo Sorozábal's 'No puede ser' from La Taberna del Puerto and he put his whole heart into it. The response was deafening applause from a standing audience for close to five minutes.

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Copyright © 27 April 2008 Maria Nockin, Arazona USA


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