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."© Japan Today