NY MET HONORS DOMINGO FOR 50 YEARS ON STAGE
Placido Domingo’s eyes watered and his voice quavered. After portraying dozens of characters over a halfcentury on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, he got emotional being himself.
“For us, the opera singers, it is just like Frank Sinatra said: New York, New York, if you made it, you made it everywhere,” the 77year-old singer from Spain said Friday night when he was honored on stage for the 50th anniversary of his Met debut.
Domingo’s career with the Met started on Sept. 28, 1968, when he replaced an indisposed Franco Corelli as Maurizio in Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur.” Domingo’s performance Friday in the role of “Gianni Schicchi,” the third opera of Puccini’s “Il Trittico,” was his 52nd role and 695th appearance at the Met.
During a ceremony after the opening opera, Met general manager Peter Gelb gave Domingo a pair of gifts.
“Since you have owned this stage for your entire career, we thought we’d give you a piece of it. So this was removed from the stage earlier this week,” Gelb said before bestowing a chunk of flooring.
Then he presented Domingo his leather jacket from a 1990s performance of Verdi’s “Otello,” which had been dipped in gold to mark the golden anniversary. “This puts you and Elvis in the same class,” Gelb said.
HARRY, MEGHAN HEAD TO LONDON SUBURB BEFORE BABY’S BORN
Like many a couple before them, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are moving to the suburbs of London ahead of the anticipated birth of their first child this spring.
Officials said Saturday that Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will move from Kensington Palace in central London to Frogmore Cottage, a house on the grounds of Windsor Estate, early next year. Windsor is about 20 miles west of central London.
Windsor Castle is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite homes. She is known to prefer the castle to Buckingham Palace, her official residence in London. Harry and Meghan have been living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, which is also home to Prince William and his wife, Kate.
SHATNER BOLDLY GOES INTO WORLD OF HOLIDAY MUSIC
Who’d have guessed more than 50 years ago when actor William Shatner brought Capt. James T. Kirk so vividly to life and helped establish “Star Trek” into a cultural touchstone, that the show’s famous “final frontier” might turn out to be … Christmas music?
The veteran actor, 87, has just released an album of Yuletide classics: “Shatner Claus – The Christmas Album,” for which he’s joined by a galaxy of pop, rock, country and other stars of contemporary music.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leaves after the Hubb Community Kitchen in London on Wednesday. She and Prince Harry will be leaving London’s Kensington Castle to live on the grounds of Windsor Estate.