It was a special week for the Mexican pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Since its creation last October, the largest world exhibition in history, with the presence of more than 200 countries in a park built especially for the occasion, and until March of next year, each country has had or will have the opportunity to shine for at least a day before the eyes of the world through an extensive program and the possibility of taking their national shows to the multiple stages of the complex.
And Mexico’s National Day at the Expo ended this Wednesday with the presentation of tenor Javier Camarena, although the special program was extended for a week, with live acts by referents of Mexico’s cultural multiplicity. , among which the presentations of the dancer Elisa Carrillo, last Monday, and the Folkloric Ballet of Mexico by Amalia Hernández the next day.
Dubai’s Millennium Amphitheater, one of the many open spaces for music presentations at Expo, was nearly full, mostly with Mexican audiences, but there was also a large attendance of an audience that came because he knew and wanted to hear the privileged voice and thus ovation of Professor Camarena.
“My family and I came to Dubai to visit the Emirates for a week and visit the Expo for the next four days. In fact, we were only going to visit it for three days, but I learned of the presence of the tenor and I convinced my kids and husband to come one more day so I can see him. I can’t believe I’m so close to him. He’s one of the few singers to have bisado (repeat a tune) more than once at the request of the public,” said Anik, a French tourist who was waiting on the steps of the amphitheater, with her husband and two children, for the appearance of Camarena in this scenario located in the Al Forsan area. of the complex.
And then the tenor born in Xalapa, Veracruz, appeared in 1976. He was accompanied by the young pianist Ángel Rodríguez. Together they masterfully performed iconic bel canto pieces such as “O sole mio”, “Funiculì, Funiculà” and “La donna è mobile”, while scenes of landscapes, architecture, arts and culture other emblems of our country were projected in the background. .
Shortly after, the famous tenor decides to break the solemnity and performs several boleros such as “Sabor a mí”, by Álvaro Carrillo; “Enamorada”, by Consuelo Velázquez, and “El andariego”, also by Carrillo. The singer took the temperature of the public and seemed very talkative with the pianist. Together they made last minute decisions about the songs they performed. Then it was “Cielito Lindo” and, for this one, the public was totally devoted and chanted “oh, oh, oh, oh, sing and don’t cry…”. Then he went for “The King”, which received a standing ovation. It was followed by “How it was” and “Serenata huasteca”.
But the real party began when the tenor announced that he would be absent from the stage for an “intermission” which turned into a surprise, as immediately the strings and trumpets of the Secretary of the Navy’s Mariachi began to sound. , which took center stage and with which Camarena partnered to offer “La bikina”, “Malagueña salerosa” and “México Lindo y Querido”. The latter, already with the jubilo at the maximum.
While the stands of the amphitheater were already practically full, on the sides of the open space passers-by met, seduced by the voice of the tenor and amazed by the growing momentum of the public. They lifted their cell phones and recorded the high notes of Camarena and the national images that took up the entire back of the stage.
There were standing ovations and twice he had to not leave the stage, but had to leave due to scheduling issues. Despite this, the audience remained for about a minute waiting for the tenor to return again. Even though it wasn’t, the excitement was still evident.
This week of Mexican-style celebrations will be joined by La Sonora Santanera, who, by the way, are perhaps the most anticipated band in Mexico at Expo, according to several Mexican visitors.