Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, right, instructs French tenor Julien Behr during a rehearsal at London’s Royal Opera House, July 17.
AFP / Niklas Halle'n
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Frenchman Julien Behr greeted him with a "Buenos dias!" before practicing an aria with the legendary Spanish tenor for Sunday's final of the Operalia competition, being held in the British capital for the first time.Renowned as one of the Three Tenors – famous for performing concerts at four World Cup Finals with Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti – Domingo was a seasoned opera veteran decades before becoming a pop culture figure.Set up by Domingo in 1993, the contest aims to boost the careers of young singers.Mpofu started singing gospel music in church before moving on to choral ensembles and finally opera.Taking to the stage at the Royal Opera House for the first time Sunday, Mpofu sang "E strano, e strano ... Sempre libera" from Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" – her favorite opera.
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