Camarena rehearsing his aria with nine high C’s as Tonio in Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera via AP)
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When renowned tenor 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. The singer, who will be gracing the stage of Lebanon's Al Bustan International Music Festival on March 8 to perform Rossini opera numbers, remains humble in the limelight.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.Camarena will be singing his first Tonio at the Met in Laurent Pelly's production, which also stars South African soprano Pretty Yende.Although nowadays tenors are expected to treat the audience to nine high C's, Camarena displayed a copy of Donizetti's 1840 score that shows only eight.Before that, the opera was seen as a vehicle for sopranos, and the aria was sometimes cut altogether.
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