The other Mexican tenor had a night of celebration in his home town. Cecilia Soto reports for Slipped Disc:
On October 30, Mexican opera lovers celebrated the 30th anniversary of Ramon Vargas’ debut, with a wonderful opera gala at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes.
At age 22, in 1982, Ramon won the the prestigious Carlo Morelli Prize in Mexico City and months later he made his debut in Monterrey, in northeast Mexico, singing Mengone from Haydn’s Lo speziale. In 1986, he won the Enrique Caruso Competition in Milan, a prize that propelled his career in Europe. In 1992, I had the privilege of being at his debut at the Met in New York. I had bought tickets to hear Pavarotti as Nemorino but he got sick and the Met offered me to give my money back, I decided to stay and had the inmense pleasure of hearing Ramon for the first time.
Tuesday’s Gala was quite generous as it featured the first act of La Boheme and of L’Elisir d’amore, and after intermission various arias including my favorite duet, Dio, che dell’alma infondere, from Verdi’s Don Carlo. He was accompanied by the Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta, whom I also saw at his 25th annversary gala, and by the Mexican soprano Maria Alejandres, among others.
Perhaps the best of that night, was to hear Ramon’s beautiful voice, youthful and rich, unharmed and ready to sing many more years.