Four young opera singers performed in tribute to the Maestro, and I got to chat with them backstage before the event began — more about that later!
But right now, the answer to what I know is your burning question:
Yes, I got to meet Domingo!!!
Click Mr. Readmore for the rush transcript!
Sometimes when you meet a famous person, you find that they have a sort of a psychic wall around them that keeps whatever conversation you manage to have on a superficial level. I don’t mean that as a criticism, really; as a Level 9 introvert, I know very well that everyone needs their space.But it is a pleasant surprise to meet someone who is warm, articulate, and willing to share their thoughts with you, and that is what I found Domingo to be like.
In fact, he was so willing to converse at length, that by the time I got to speak with him, the nice young man who agreed to be my impromptu photographer had left to take his seat in the house. So I didn’t get The Shot I was hoping for. Remind me to get an entourage!
But I got to talk to him and shake his hand, which is what really matters.
Miss Music Nerd: Maestro, you’ve had such a long and wonderful career, and now you are mentoring young singers with your Operalia program. What advice do you give to opera singers as they begin their careers?
Plácido Domino: This job is a privelege. So many people have very hard jobs, but we get to make people happy, to make them feel good. This job is also a very hard job, but it is one that you love.
MMN: All of the recordings nominated in the Best Opera Category are relatively recent, from the 20th or 21st century. What do you think about that?
PD: The opera repertory has expanded so much since I began my career. We have new operas, Czech operas, more Handel and Haydn. It’s good to have so many more choices.
MMN: You recently sang the title role in Simon Boccanegra, which is a baritone role. How did it go?
PD: It was good. I didn’t sing it as a baritone, but in my own voice, which has darkened.
MMN: What drew you to the role?
PD: It was always a dream of mine to play the role; it is so dramatic.
MMN: Is it true that you once sang backing vocals with a rock band?
PD: Yes, César Costa’s band, Los Black Jeans.
MMN: Any further plans to sing rock ‘n’ roll?
PD: No, I don’t think so!
Stay tuned for more from last night’s event!