Djokovic, singing opera at the MET alongside acclaimed French soprano Natalie Dessay? The man has more sides to him than a Marquise cut diamond! We can now add DIVA to his other sparkling qualities (top tennis player, impersonator, nudist, Media Whore.) Did this encounter inspire him to make sweet music with another leading lady just days later?
While this is fairly old news (and pretty tame, compared to the latest Djokovic headlines), I figure if it didn’t make it onto my radar,it may be news to other tennis freaks, too.
You must check out the link for the full story (scroll down a bit until you get to the post dated September 7), but here are some of the best parts:
. . .Djokovic has become well-known for his spot-on impersonations of other tennis players, and when the Met team took a break, he was able to indulge his inner performer with a walk across the stage with General Manager Peter Gelb. Dessay explained the finer points of projecting into a theater as large as the Met and urged the tennis player to let loose with a couple of notes. He did, first in soprano register, then—surprising everyone—launching into Leporello’s opening lines from Don Giovanni in near-perfect Italian. . .
. . .Djokovic doesn’t have a lot of time to make it to the opera, but his agent, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, plays classical music for him during practice sessions. And he learned the Leporello excerpt watching YouTube. . .
. . .In fact, the soprano sees similarities between her profession and Djokovic’s, comparing Lucia’s mad scene to a match: “It’s like tennis,” she says of balancing the physical and psychological elements of a performance. “You have your technique but in the moment you play the match, you have to let it go in order to be able to win.”. . .
Thanks to Mark K., my favorite LAPhil violinist, for keeping me in tune with the classical music/tennis connection.