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Song ignites flame of love with 'king of singers'

AT the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games last August, Spanish tenor Placido Domingo and Chinese folk singer Song Zuying performed the song "Flame of Love."

Next month, at the Shanghai Grand Stage, the "Flame of Love" will be rekindled by the two singers, especially for the upcoming World Expo 2010 Shanghai.

The Symphony Orchestra of Shanghai Opera House will be directed by conductor Eugene Kohn.

"I have performed in Shanghai before and it's an impressive city. I like it and hope I can perform there again," said Domingo recently.

The 68-year-old tenor has been referred to as "the king of the singers" along with the other two tenors - Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007).

Domingo is known for his versatile and strong voice, with a ringing and dramatic tone. In March 2008, he debuted in his 128th opera role.

In addition to his singing roles, Domingo has also taken on conducting opera and concert performances, as well as serving as director general of the Washington National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera.

Domingo is now the only one of "the three kings" still performing on the world stage. His concert schedule includes more than 40 performances a year.

Domingo is confident in his coming show in Shanghai. "It is the happiest and luckiest thing to play so many roles on the stage. I hope to give a brilliant show to the audience in Shanghai," he says.

Miao singer

Soprano Song is one of the most famous sopranos in China.

Born in Hunan Province in 1966, she is an ethnic Miao singer.

She graduated from the Central Institute for Nationalities' music and dance department in Beijing and studied as a postgraduate in national vocals at the China Music College.

In 2006, her CD "The Diva Goes to the Movies: A Centennial Celebration of Chinese Film Song" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Crossover Album.

With many years' experience, Song has performed a large amount of Chinese and foreign songs and operatic arias.

She is well known for such works as "Spicy Girl," "Happy Life," "Love My China" and "Flying Songs on the Ground."

Those songs are popular throughout China and the Chinese communities around the world. She has her fans everywhere from the major cities to the villages of China.

"Ms Song is an excellent artist. She has a pure crystal-like voice, very special," says Domingo.

It will be Song's debut performance in Shanghai. And to fit the concert into her busy schedule, she had to cancel performances elsewhere.

"It's one of my wishes to perform the song ('Flame of Love') again in Shanghai. The collaboration with Domingo has its special meaning," she says.

Date: September 25, 7:30pm

Address: 1111 Caoxi Rd N.

Tickets: 300-2,800 yuan

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