First Alagna talked about his family, about his life growing-up in a musical environment. He spoke how he first held a guitar at age three. He spoke about his Sicilian side of the family, and was like, “I’m one of you”.
He said, “Being a singer is the most beautiful profession in the world. Fate made me become a singer.”
Then he said, “My debut took place in a pizzeria. I sang cabaret for eight years. And I have been singing opera for twenty.”
Then he spoke about La Scala, the booing, and his premonitions for a bad night:
“As soon as the curtain went up, the booing started. And this is very poor conduct for an audience. My problem is that I suffer from hypoglycemia, and in those moments that I am affected, I lose all my strength. I felt like earth had opened beneath me. The theater should stop the opera at least for five minutes to let me recover. Sometimes audiences can wait as long as one hour and a half for an ailing singer. At La Scala, instead, they bragged that they didn’t even lose one beat!
[…] “I arrived at the theater, two hours before the show was scheduled to begin, and I found one tenor warming-up his voice. And he told me, “They said you would not come tonight, Roberto!” He also told me that a third tenor was arriving at the theater in a cab.”
He then repeated the allegation that he saw people backstage doing the ‘karate-chop’ motions towards him, but this we’ve heard before.
Then they showed a black-white film of Maria Callas leaving the Rome Opera after her famous Norma. That will also be later uploaded.
Then he spoke about Angela and his marriage. They showed a clip of one of his old La Boheme with himself and Angela, and they were eating an ice cream cone together. [Edit: The eating ice-cream scene was actually from Elisir d'amore, but the scene was spliced into the montage directly after a scene from La Boheme, so I missed the transition while balancing screen-shots, filming, and taking notes.] He said how gorgeous she is, as did Pippo. And he said, “Between Angela and I, there is always been electricity. Now we keep on paying the electric bill.” (Bad joke that I don’t really “get”).
Then he went to a grand piano that had been wheeled-in, and started saying that he hasn’t been singing because his heart was broken, and it was the first time something so bad happened to him to make him stop singing.
He started singing then the very ending of aria “Celeste Aida” in a very thin, weak voice.
…and then he sang “The Dead Donkey Song”. Here is the link to the lyrics for his sing, "U sciccareddu" for which, he got a standing ovation from the audience.
He was wearing this horrible black suit with some sort of black, raised pattern swirling all over it. A white dress-shirt, a black faux-crocodile-skin black tie, and an orange scarf. He looked nervous, like he always does; but he was at least wearing some sort of sweat-blotting powder.
Gah. It's over. I am currently processing/downloading the film, and I will start right now on uploading screen-shots.