Opera fans love real-time drama -- a favorite episode being The Last-Minute Replacement. Following the first intermission, it was announced that Ms. Gheorghiu had been rushed off to the hospital and would be replaced by Melody Moore. Following the murmurs and gasps, the audience applauded.
That Roberto Alagna gives, through the miracle of his voice, a great deal of happiness is not in doubt. Nor, I think, is the price of it.
Noor Al-Fayez is the new deputy minister for women's education in Saudi Arabia, a country where women are still not allowed to drive a car.