Photo: Julio Iglesias and Michel Martelly
Spain’s Julio Iglesias gave a concert in the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater in the eastern Dominican city of La Romana, where he shared the stage with Haitian President Michel Martelly.
Iglesias kicked off the Friday night show with several references to relations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the two countries sharing the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
The concert was a benefit raising money for a children’s institution presided by Haiti’s first lady, Sophia Martelly, who was there with her husband, as were the country’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Tourism Minister Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin.
Iglesias spoke French to greet Martelly, who was seated in the front row, and thanked him for joining him at the show, to which the ever-smiling Martelly thanked the Spaniard for his concert on behalf of Haitian children.
Haiti’s president connected immediately with the audience when he said he has been a singer all his life, but never imagined he would be performing once day alongside “a singer called Julio Iglesias.”
At that point Iglesias invited his illustrious companion to come onstage to do a duet of “Corazon, Corazon” (Heart, Heart), which they sang in Spanish.
Martelly displayed a clear, strong voice and several times won applause from the audience, above all for the second song he sang with the Spanish artist, “To All the Girls I Loved Before,” which Iglesias made famous with U.S. country singer Willie Nelson.
With that, the Madrid artist hugged Martelly, who left the stage waving at the audience to another resounding ovation.
The concert continued with Iglesias singing “Hey,” highlighting the admirable qualities of his friend, the famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta, who was in the audience, as was the no less famous American journalist Barbara Walters.