Singing for Plácido
It was such a pleasure to sing for such an intelligent, kind and receptive artist. I was impressed by his generosity, both with his time and his encouraging words. He also let me in on a secret- the room I was singing in was the first he had ever sung in at the Met, and he was excited that it could be a first for me as well!
Maestro graciously invited me to greet him and his family after his performance of Germont in La Traviata that afternoon. It was a brilliant show, and his mere entrance on the stage was greeted with thunderous applause.
Singing for a man who inspires art by his very presence was intensely gratifying and I wish my grandfather, Miklós Penzvalto, could have been there with me to meet him.