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AND WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE LISTENING TO? Susan Graham singing as the Composer from Ariadne and Placido singing Otello--he was the greatest Otello for 30 years. Luciano, too, was so perfect in every way. I think of him as Ella Fitzgerald, and Placido as Sarah Vaughan. Luciano-- classical, crystal, timeless perfection. Placido--more baroque, a little bit twisted, crazy and sexy. For my own singing, I used to be attracted by the baroque, the flashier the better, but now I prefer a simpler, purer style.
NEW YORK--BASED CHEF DANIEL BOULUD CREATED A CONFECTION CALLED "DIVA RENEE AU CHOCOLAT." WHAT'S IT LIKE HAVING A DESSERT NAMED AFTER YOU? It is too many calories! And with my face lasered on the front of the dessert, it is hard for me to look at that and then eat it anyway!