She in her turn recalls seeing him in Otello at the Mariinsky in the '80s. "After the show, I'll never forget hundreds of people storming the stage! Past all the guards! And Placido stood there, barefoot, in a nightshirt - the closing scene of Otello takes place in Desdemona's bedroom - and calmly signed autographs. It was horrendously cold, it went on forever, but he had a look and a word for everyone. Phenomenal."
Eugene Onegin - Metropolitan Opera, 23 September 2013
Opening night at the Metropolitan Opera is more about the occasion than the opera. There were gowns galore, celebrities of varying wattage, roped-off VIP areas and even the odd genuine opera singer to add to the festive vibe. Outside on Lincoln Center Plaza, orderly rows of seats were set up for a big screen relay. Inside there were extended intervals, formal wear in the cheap seats and the occasional glimpse of Heather Graham holding court amongst the glittering visitors.