Ramón Vargas must have a pretty impressive address book. After Stephen Costello and Ferruccio Furlanetto pulled out of a charity concert he'd arranged, Vargas wasted no time in grabbing a couple of top-tier subs.
Jonas Kaufmann and Juan Diego Florez were the surprise guests yesterday morning at the Vienna State Opera event, joining Vargas and fellow tenor Michael Schade in raising €140,000 to help disabled Mexican children.
It was Verdi nearly all the way - Vargas sang an aria from Luisa Miller, Kaufmann picked La forza del destino and Juan Diego Flórez La donna è mobile, while Michael Schade went for local boy Mozart and the portrait aria from Zauberflöte. The original multi-tenor member Plácido Domingo got in on the act too, with a special video message.