CULTURE

Great Spanish tenor sings for his queen at the Herod Atticus

Placido Domingo sang at the Herod Atticus Theater for the public and for Queen Sofia of Spain in a Wednesday evening concert. It is a rare event for a great opera singer like tenor Placido Domingo, born in Madrid in 1941, to give a concert with the queen of Spain sitting in the front row of the marble seats at the Herod Atticus Theater. Domingo’s lucky moment came at his one and only concert in the packed theater on Wednesday. Speaking from the stage in Greek and English, he thanked the queen, who was born in Greece, and who often returns and helps promote cultural events here. Later, at the dinner held in at the Dionysus restaurant, opposite the theater, he came and thanked her again. The queen, who has been a reader of Kathimerini «since she was a child,» as she said, dedicated this photograph (left) with a smile, saying, «Congratulations, Kathimerini is a very good paper.» Though Domingo was careful with his precious voice, he enchanted the audience with his tone and interpretation of the songs, and with the sweetness of his character. He invited Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis from the audience onto the stage to sing «Granada» together while the audience sang along in the cool night air.