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Wow ... was Russell s reaction as he walked out to a standing ovation at the venue of his dreams.
This is so much more than a concert; it is an experience of the greatest musical and emotional magnitude.
The spotlight was very much on the man with one of the most sensational singing voices that the classical world has ever known. But he was not alone; filling the enormous stage with him was the forty-eight piece Arts Symphonic impeccably led by Lizzie Ball under enigmatic conductor Robert Emery, the assured Capital Voices and an eighty- strong backing choir. What a magical sight and what magnificent sound!
Russell made an emotional opening to his fans,
It s difficult to find words to explain how I feel tonight ... because I built myself to this moment from the very day that I finished my last session of radiotherapy.
I remember going to bed dreaming about this night in the most famous of venues on the planet and here I am, thank God - I can t believe it.
Thank you for your welcome, it was absolutely incredible thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Russell s faultless performance starts with a powerful rendition of Somewhere and Ave Maria and is followed by a string of incredible numbers such as Funiculi Funicula and Volare and closes with a Royal Albert Hall roof-raising Nessun Dorma . One of the highlights of the wonderful set comes when Russell is joined by classical crossover newcomer Mary-Jess for a Phantom Of The Opera medley, and an amazing duet of The Prayer .
This is a dream come true and a performance of a life-time, enjoy.