This post is also available in: Spanish
Last Friday night, December the 28th 2012, well over 5,000 Julio Iglesias fans packed into the Altos de Chavón amphitheater here in Casa de Campo for a magical night with the internationally famous Spanish singer – and were treated to an incredible duet between Iglesias and the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly – a moving union aimed to further strength the bond between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Julio Iglesias opened the show just after 9pm with “Amor, amor, amor“, as aficionados from across the country and indeed the world continued to crowd into the amphitheater. Iglesias then welcomed his audience, in both Spanish and French setting the tone for the evening, which Iglesias choose to dedicate to children in need and more specifically the Fundación Rosa Blanca, a charity ran by the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly with his wife, Sofia.
The concert, part of his “1 World Tour 2012” continued with “Natalie”, “La gota fría” and “A media luz” – the last accompanied by a couple dancing a mesmerising tango, as even more enthusiasts continued to flood into the brimming amphitheater.
Then came the moment when the great Spanish maestro, Julio Iglesias was joined on stage by President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, a performance declared to be the undoubted highlight of the concert – if not the entire “season” in Casa de Campo. In perfect harmony, this remarkable duo thrilled the ever-growing audience with “Corazon, Corazon” in Spanish and “To all the girls I’ve loved before,” in English.
Amongst those in attendance was Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera, the U.S. journalist Barbara Walters, as well as Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Morales and accompanying the Haitian President, the Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe, and Haitian Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin.
The show closed a little before 11pm with “A mi manera” greeted by the teeming audience with a standing ovation.
Following the concert, the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly with his wife, Sofia, the Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe, and Haitian Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin enjoyed dinner and cocktails amongst many Casa de Campo VIPs at a private Casa de Campo villa overlooking the Caribbean sea.
Celebrating with friends after the concert in Casa de Campo
Sofia Martelly, Sixto Inchaustegui, the Haitian President Michel Martelly and Judy Dorejo