Signatures, Lack Thereof - Excitement
|Program with Furlanetto's signature with ticket|
|Close up of Furlanetto's signature|
Plácido Domingo then came out, preceded by a man saying that he would not be signing anything that night. I think he probably didn't Tuesday night, but maybe I'm just telling myself that so I feel better about being at the wrong door... In any case, he then did come out and some people were begging him, of course. He got a little agitated at this point, and said something like, "No, I really can't. I have to leave for rehearsals for Tosca in Washington (D.C.)," and then he pointed out, "I had said I wasn't even going to come out."
Some people might've been upset about this, and it was disappointing, of course. That said, you have to respect someone's need for rest, especially someone like Domingo who takes on so much (conducting, artistic direction, singing two different voice types (perhaps it is too much, but nonetheless, impressive)). He did however, pass right by me since I was standing in the threshold of the doorway, so I was touching him. He then kind of got pushed back onto me by the throng, before making his way through, getting in his car, and leaving. After people got the message that he really wouldn't be signing or posing or anything, he warmed up and was very gracious. All in all a fun experience. Next up is a review of the Staatsoper's production of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, and hopefully his Arabella after that.