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This past week had Isabel meeting with Plácido Domingo in Los Angeles for the world premiere of Dulce Rosa, an opera based on her short story “An Act of Vengeance,” which is set in a South American country in the 1950s. I asked Isabel what it was like to meet him and see her work translated into an opera. Here is some of what she had to say:
I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that Plácido Domingo was going to direct Dulce Rosa! That would guarantee its success, that’s for sure. On the day of the premiere, before the opera started, I was on stage in conversation with Duff Murphy, the host of KUSC’s popular Opera Show. It was a wonderful surprise when the Maestro appeared through the curtain to greet us. Plácido Domingo is not only the most famous tenor in the world but also a charming and generous man. I met him for the first time in Mexico City after the devastating 1985 earthquake that destroyed part of the city. He was there to fundraise for the victims of the tragedy and I was there at the invitation of President La Madrid, who had recently read The House of the Spirits. Plácido told me that he always wanted to be a writer and I told him that I always wanted to be in an opera. He offered to have me be one of the Egyptian slaves in the next production of Aida. (I have told this story so many times that I no longer know if it is true or if I made it up.) Since then I have seen the Maestro several times but I can’t brag that we are friends.