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The Three Tenors and A Hidden Guest

8th Nov 2010

Isn't today a horrible day? Wind, rain and dark skies! They say snow could be on its way. As long as it is not the slushy horrible stuff, we’ll swap the wind and the rain for some snow any day. Saturday on the other hand brought a lovely clear sky perfect for an evening of fireworks!
This weekend our world class singing waiters were performing at a beautiful wedding venue in Hampshire for over 150 guests. The bride and groom had decided that they wanted to give their parents and guests a delightful surprise. They had requested our 3 tenors as waiters, to play the roles of the “The Three Tenors” themselves - Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, and our fabulous soprano as a hidden guest in the guise of a distant cousin of the groom. The best part of being a hidden guest and especially when you are acting as a member of the family is that you get treated particularly well and can join in the entertainment! On this occasion it was a fantastic fireworks display while drinks and canapés were served. Catherine wheels, mines, rockets, roman candles and an incredible firework waterfall created a spectacular opening to what was to come!
Exquisite Italian cuisine was served for dinner in the Great Hall by very friendly and accommodating waiting staff building a rapport with the guests! And whilst our waiters were serving our distant cousin was working the room being delightfully entertaining. Drink flowed, speeches followed and laughter and tears led into an evening of operatic and musical entertainment as our singing waiters and hidden guest revealed themselves to the roar of the crowd! As a combination of solos, duets and trios filled the Great Hall, guests were dancing, napkins were waving and glasses were swung from side to side! Nessum Dorma sung by the “The Three Tenors” brought a standing ovation, which was quickly followed by screams of encore!
And now for our weekly interesting opera fact, did you know on 24 February 1988 Luciano Pavarotti received 165 curtain calls and was applauded for 1 hour and 7 minutes after singing in Gaetano Donizetti's L’Elisir d’Amore at the Deutsche Opera in Berlin, Germany. The greatest recorded number of curtain calls ever received at a ballet is 89 by Margot Fonteyn de Arias and Rudolf Nureyev after a performance of SwanLake in Austria, in October 1964.