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Tenor Placido Domingo signals support for Japan by going ahead with concerts

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Opera singer Placido Domingo, 70, has released a message of support to Japan in light of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami of March 11. Domingo, a well-known Japanophile, said he was going ahead with his upcoming Tokyo performances on April 10 and 13, hoping to provide some small measure of support.

There will be collection boxes at the performances. Donations will be added to part of the proceeds from ticket sales and given to the Japanese Red Cross to aid the earthquake relief effort.

Domingo will perform a special arrangement on April 10, which includes a prayer for Japan. The performance will also be broadcast on the Internet live by Ustream.

The singer's message reads: "Following the unprecedented earthquake and subsequent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan needs strength and courage to stand up to the trials ahead. Japan is already earning the respect of the world for its indomitable spirit and ability to cooperate. I believe in the power of music. Music brings people together as one. I am coming to Japan in the hope that through music I can provide some small measure of energy and support. The power of one man is not great, but when we join hands and share an idea, what we are capable of is enormous and connects us to our hopes and dreams. I pray that music can help bind our hearts together."

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With sufficient time of preparation, his performance will fill in people's soul how he and foreign countries have actually supported Japan. The trip is a good journey pf bringing music and love through courage and understanding.

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Great stuff. People appreciate this sort of support.

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I can't stand Opera but this tenor deserves respect for his humility and conviction.

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Go go Placido!

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BRAVO, PLACIDO, ...BRAVO!!!!

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what is a Japanophile?

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what is a Japanophile?

Someone who loves Japan

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I am so happy that men like him exist. I am thankful for his support, no doubt he is a great man with a big heart. He could have simply refused to come to Japan and go to perform anywhere else in the world.

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Plácido Domingo know so well what it is to be a victim of such a disaster after loosing four very close family-members in the Mexico City earth-quake in 1985, so I am not surprised that he wants to do something to support the Red Cross. This is how he is. Bravo Plácido!

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I think you mean "after losing four very close...", Natarinka.

Also, what time is the performance? I'd like to catch this on Ustream.

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You are right Ranger Miffy, my error!

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