NEW YORK (AP) — Javier Camarena received a rare honor at the Metropolitan Opera, becoming only the third singer in 70 years to perform an aria encore.
The Mexican tenor was singing Don Ramiro in the second performance of a revival of Rossini's "La Cenerentola (Cinderella)" on Friday night when the crowd responded with a prolonged ovation for his second act aria "Si, ritrovarla io giuro (Yes, I swear I'll find her)." The 38-year-old singer returned to the stage, and Fabio Luisi, the Met's principal conductor, repeated the aria, which includes several high Cs and an interpolated high D.
Met spokesman Peter Clark said Luisi and Camarena had discussed the possibility on an encore before the performance, deciding it would be tied to the audience response.
Camarena made his Met debut in October 2011 and is singing the first three performances of "Cenerentola" in place of Juan Diego Florez, who is ill. Florez remains scheduled for the final three, including a May 10 matinee to be televised to movie theaters and broadcast on radio worldwide. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs the title role.