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two more tickets for the evening’s performance! By now it was almost 6.30, and we had a table booked for 7pm for dinner. We went back to our room, to cool off, wash and relax. Then at 7, we made our way to the restaurant next door, which together with a bottle of chilled white wine, and fantastic food, calmed us down to a chilled state. Our menu tonight consisted of a hand picked mushroom and truffle risotto for H and J had a superb vegetarian pasta dish accompanied by the best tomato salad we have ever eaten – all local vegetables in a magic dressing. Half way through the meal, the maitre d', who is the owner's son, again dimmed the lights, this time we were sitting inside the restaurant, put on a backing track with the introduction to “La Donna e Mobile” and this time we could see that he was NOT mining he was singing beautifully to a back track. As he was finishing, an older man about 60 walked in from the street where he had been standing and walked up to greet the singing Maitre’d. After a short discussion they both moved to the back of the restaurant and we could hear the introduction to one of the famous 3 tenor arrangements – O Sole Mio. The two of them gave a rousing impromptu live rendition to huge applause. Then the older man waved to us all and walked out back into the street. Needless to say H’s mouth was hanging open! Wine was needed urgently. As the Maitre’d came by he smiled and looked at us as if to say “Well now you know…!!! After congratulating him I asked him who the other man was. He said he did not know - he had never seen him before but it seemed that he was an opera singer in the past but now a singing teacher who had two pupils of his singing in the arena in the opera tonight!! He was just walking by and heard the

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