Yesterday was quite a day for SF Opera, it's Star, Placido Domingo and it's audience! We had our first wild and wet Autumn Storm.....umbrellas blowing inside out, patrons dresses soaking....hair frizzled.... but oh well, it was worth it to see Senor Domingo perform on the SF Stage after an absence of 17 years.
A sold out (of course) house....the cast, the orchestra - all ready to go... midway through the first act, David Gockley, our General Manager, comes on stage (never a good sign).... Placi was not feeling well..(gasp from the audience)......but.....he was going to try and continue. (sigh of relief from audience..) And continue he did....for the rest of the first act, he sang his part an octive lower than was written. But, after intermission, he, like the amazing man he is, returned in (almost) full voice and delivered a heroic and poignant performance.
The reviews will not be out until late tonight.... but, the audience loved it - loved him! Seven curtain calls - and flowers thrown to Placi and two of the other principal singers.
Finally, I felt it only right to include a photo of him 'sans' costume, 'sans' fake nose - this is the real man, how he looks today. (Still waiting for an appropro moment to have a photo taken with me....yesterday was just too chaotic!)
Hope you enjoyed this! More to come....
♥ Robin ♥