A Night To Remember Placido Domingo featuring Katherine Jenkins conductor Eugene Kohn NZSO National Youth Orchestra
Thursday 6th October 2011 CBS Arena, Christchurch
The arena was sold out for this concert with over 8500 filling the indoor stadium. My seat was near the back and high up. I was probably 80 metres from the stage (wished I had opera glasses lol) but with 2 big screens either side of the stage allowed us to see all the facial expressions that Placido did and also the stunning beauty of Katherine.
The acoustics where I was was surprisingly good, I could pick up all the sounds of the very talented orchestra plus the stunning voice of Placido and the operatic voice of Katherine.
This concert was Placido's way of supporting Christchurch as Placido has lost family members in the Mexico quake in the 80's. Just over $300,000 was raised for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Court theatre i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif.
The youth orchestra was simply outstanding and they opened the show with Rossini's Overture from Barber of Seville.
Then Placido came onto the stage to a standing ovation. He sang Priere: O, souverain from Le Cid by Massenet. Right from the opening line you could tell we were in the presence of a true master of opera. For someone who is 70yo he seems to be in the prime of his life. His voice is still powerful and expressive. He looked throughout the concert to be really enjoying this show. After another standing ovation Placido left the stage and Katherine came onto the stage in one of her stunning long gowns. No one near where I sat had heard of Katherine before but by the end of the concert I think she had converted the whole audience (I bet she sold a lot of her latest CD Daydream, I know I bought it lol). Katherine opened with Chanson boheme from Carmen by Bizet.
Placido then sang E lucevan le stelle from Tosca by Puccini
Katherine sang Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix from Samson & Delilah by Saint-Saens.
Placido then did a musical theatre song Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific by Rodgers/Hammerstein.
Katherine did a great version of I could have danced all night from My Fair Lady by Lerner/Lowe. Katherine also thanked us for coming to the concert and said all of Wales is supporting us in Christchurch.
Placido sang The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha by Leigh (got yet another standing ovation).
The the orchestra did 3 songs from Carmen (by Bizet) which were brilliantly done, AragonaiseIntermezzo and Les Toreadors.
Then to finish off the first half they did a duet of Tonight from West Side Story by Bernstein, I don't think there were any dry eyes after this song lol.
I had my usual icecream during the interval lol.
They both opened the second half of the concert with La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni by Mozart.
Katherine then sang L'alba verra by Chopin/Musker.
Placido thanked us for coming and he also mentioned that our Prime Minister, John Key, was also in the audience. Placido sang Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from The Land of Smiles by Lehar.
They both sang Waltz duet from The merry widow by Lehar. They even both did the waltz to the great pleasure of the audience. In fact the chemistry between both of them was great.
The orchestra did the Overture from Poet and peasant by Von Suppe.
Placido did Amor, vida de mi vida from Torroba Maravilla by Moreno (I think all the ladies were swooning to Placido by the end of this song lol).
Katherine did a sunning version of Nella fantasia from The mission by our very on Morricone (I think we all know this tune backwards by now lol).
Then all too soon we came to the last song which was a duet called Perhaps Love by John Denver.
Hi Ross Many thanks for your concert report. It sounds like a unique and emotional event. It was also wonderful that these two artists found time in their busy schedules to support Christchurch and I am sure Hayley was there is spirit if not in person!
Now, it wouldn't surprise me if Katherine drops in to watch the Wales v Ireland quarter final tomorrow?