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Tuesday, 19 November, 2002, 18:10 GMT
Domingo to sing in Arabic
Placido Domingo
Domingo will perform the unprecedented duet in Dubai
Placido Domingo is to sing an unprecedented duet in Arabic with an Egyptian singer at a concert in Dubai next month.

He will perform with Ali al-Hajjar on 12 December, despite tensions in the region over the relaunch of weapons inspections in Iraq.

Concert promoter Sheikh Faisal bin Khaled al-Qassimi said: "We want to prove that Dubai is a safe place whatever happens in the Middle East."

The city state is organising an increasing number of concerts and sports events to promote it as a major tourist draw.

With Josť Carrera and Luciano Pavarotti as the Three Tenors
With Pavarotti and Carrera, collectively the Three Tenors
Domingo, 62, who has sung in several languages in performances across the world, is promising a repertoire full of surprises at the three-hour concert.

He said: "I am aware people know me in Dubai and that there will be plenty of expectations from me.

"I hope they will not be disappointed because I have planned some unique music for them, music that soothes the soul."

Accompanied

Al-Hajjar said it was an honour to sing with Domingo, and added: "It is a day I will remember for a very long time."

Placido Domingo
Domingo will be accompanied by soprano Veronica Villarroel
Domingo will be accompanied by Veronica Villarroel, a 37-year-old Chilean soprano, who has travelled with him around the world.

He will be backed up by the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra. The opera star - one of the legendary Three Tenors alongside Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti - was the first classical artist to give a solo concert in New York's Central Park.

His repertoire is wide, covering composers from Mozart to Verdi, Berlioz to Puccini.

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