Havana is a special city in which anything can happen.
On Thursday, 24 November 2016, Rocío’s and my first full day in Cuba, we were walking along Paseo del Prado, the border between Old Havana and Centro Havana. Coming to the Great Theatre (Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso), we saw a crowd near the entrance. Just as we get there, modern Mercedes Benz sedans (a rarity in Cuba) arrive and out step opera singer Plácido Domingo and wife Marta Domingo.
Even as a non-opera fan, I knew who Plácido Domingo was. As part of The Three Tenors, Domingo, along with José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, was massive in the 1990s. Domingo’s appearance got Rocío excited.
This was Domingo’s first official visit to Cuba although he had visited as a teenager. He was due to perform a concert Saturday at the Great Theatre.
When we told our Havana hosts we had seen Domingo, they mentioned that no concert tickets were available to locals, bringing some resentment.
The issue of tickets became moot as the night before the concert, a far bigger event occurred: Fidel Castro’s death. With Fidel’s passing, Plácido Domingo’s concert, like all entertainment in Cuba, was either cancelled or postponed until after the 9 day official mourning period.
A video I shot of Plácido Domingo’s arrival: