NY MET HON­ORS DOMINGO FOR 50 YEARS ON STAGE

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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.

KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH AP

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.

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