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Celebrity news round-up – 22 July 2013

22 July 2013

Hospital scare for Plácido Domingo
Hospital scare for Plácido Domingo(Photo: Ennevi Studio)

Luciano Pavarotti’s first ever recording, made 50 years ago during a TV broadcast in the UK, is due to be released by Decca as part of a new album celebrating the career of the tenor superstar who died in 2007. The recording was found in Pavarotti’s personal archives by his widow, Nicoletta Mantovani, and dates back to the tenor’s appearance in 1963 on Sunday Night at the London Palladium, a popular variety show hosted by entertainer Bruce Forsyth. Pavarotti was in London to mark the signing of his first recording contract with Decca and also to make his Royal Opera House debut. While in the British capital, he performed ‘Che gelida manina’ for the live television broadcast.

They were once billed as Opera’s Golden Couple, but the marriage of two of opera’s biggest stars, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna has ended in divorce, with startling allegations in an interview with the UK's Independent newspaper in which the soprano asserts that she was a victim of domestic violence. ‘There are things in life you accept from your man,’ Gheorghiu said in the interview,  ‘but I did not want to continue to live with the idea that your man is violent.’ In a Facebook posting, Alagna commented that the allegations ‘are without basis and defamatory’, adding that his lawyers were dealing with the matter.

Plácido Domingo is recovering following treatment in hospital in Madrid for a blood clot in his lung in July. This is another of several health scares to have afflicted the 72-year-old singer in recent years. Domingo was forced to cancel several engagements in his busy international schedule, but is expected to be back on form as the new opera season begins.

 

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