Tenor on Top of the High C’s in Donizetti Opera

February 6, 2019

When Javier Camarena explodes with joy singing nine high C’s in Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment (Daughter of the Regiment),” there’s a good chance the Metropolitan Opera audience will explode right back at him with demands for an encore.

“I will be very happy to do it but it doesn’t depend on me,” the Mexican tenor said in an interview after a rehearsal last month. “I always say this is the will of the public.”

Bowing to that will would be nothing new for Camarena, who has encored arias in two operas at the Met — Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” in 2014 and Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” two years later.