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16 maltatoday | WEDNESDAY • 18 MAY 2022 ACROSS 1) Certain informal parent 6) Wooded valleys 11) Female pronoun 14) ___ of expertise 15) Bye-bye, in Burgundy 16) Pin number? 17) Object on Israel's flag 19) Interject 20) Burning 21) Suitable material? 23) Annoying inconven- ience 26) Professed 28) FBI employee, briefly 29) Eve's mate 31) Jacob's twin 32) Unedited version 34) Petticoat junction? 36) Blueprint detail, in short 39) Most spooky 41) Brandy cocktail 43) Words with "precedent" 44) Senate helper 46) Having an irregular edge 47) Spot in the distance 49) Point to the right 51) Harden 52) Barnum and Bailey's business 55) Home for an old king 57) Guiding beliefs of a group 58) In a lively manner 60) Doctor in a 1964 movie 61) Campus VIP 66) Nightmare street of film 67) Down provider 68) Barbecue leftover 69) "Sayonara!" 70) Run-down in appear- ance, as a motel 71) Furry weasel cousin DOWN 1) ___ de deux 2) Dinner scrap 3) Ammo in a harmless shooter 4) Legal aides, infonnally 5) Recently 6) Baby's word for 1-Across 7) Japanese protein source 8) Cats have nine of them 9) Welcoming garland 10) Makes soapy bubbles 11) Business seed money 12) Steeplechase obstacle 13) Called off 18) Left the scene 22) Desk drawer item 23) Hellish place 24) See things the same way 25) First base? 27) Prefix for "circle" 30) ___ spumante (Italian wine) 33) Total disaster 35) Sailing the Atlantic 37) Renoir's prop 38) Minotaur's home 40) Verb for Simon 42) Unfastens 45) Longed for 48) Boot-wearing felines? 50) Sing "shooby-doo" and such 52) Paparazzi target, briefly 53) Venice setting 54) Dodge 56) Historical Alabama march site 59) Results may do this, in commercials 62) Make a sheepshank 63) Flow back 64) Business card no. 65) Prior, to poets Solution to last week's crossword The answers to today's crossword will be published in next week's Midweek edition Weather Fine during the day becoming partly cloudy and possibly misty overnight Visibility Good except in mist Wind Variable force 2 to 3 TODAY TOMORROW Crossword WEATHER SUNNY MAINLY SUNNY 27 0 / 18 0 24 0 / 17 0 FEELS LIKE 28 0 FEELS LIKE 24 0 Plácido Domingo to perform at Joseph Calleja's 25th anniversary concert SPANISH opera singer Plácido Do- mingo will be Joseph Calleja's spe- cial guest at the tenor's 25th anni- versary concert at Fort Manoel on 26 July 26. Domingo is a singer, conductor, tenor and baritone, reaching al- most 4,100 performances in his ca- reer. He was awarded with honor- ary titles and prestigious prizes also for his humanitarian commitment and for his worldwide promotion of Spanish cultural heritage and zarzuela. "The Maestro needs no introduc- tion. His talent, stamina and love for the opera world are revered the world over and what I can promise is that this will be a concert to re- member. Placido and I have sung together abroad, but to perform with him in my homeland is a dream come true. My first big break in opera came in the 1999 edition of his annual Operalia competition and I have wanted to get him over to Malta ever since," Calleja said. He has just completed the record- ing of his sixth album for Decca Re- cords and for his silver jubilee year, he will be performing in France, Germany, the UK and Australia among others. "I am very happy and proud of Jo- seph's beautiful artistic trajectory with his generous voice and admi- rable extension. I gladly welcome his invitation to participate in this concert to commemorate the first quarter century of his career! I was privileged to share the stage with Joseph on two memorable Simon Boccanegra productions and now I am thrilled at the chance of mak- ing my Malta debut with him, in his homeland," Domingo said. Domingo, whose repertoire en- compasses more than 150 roles, has continued uninterrupted his extraordinary artistic career for more than half a century and this year, after having sung in Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Palermo, Salzburg, Versailles, Buenos Aires and Buda- pest, he is expected to return to It- aly, Austria, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Slovenia, Mexico and South America. The concert is being produced by Mint Media with the support of the Malta Tourism Authority, The Eu- ropean Foundation for Support of Culture, Bank of Valletta and Midi. "When we speak of Maltese Cul- tural Ambassadors who – through their exceptional talent – give vis- ibility to the Maltese Islands and their endless beauty, one cannot but not think of The Maltese Tenor Jo- seph Calleja. It gives us great pleas- ure, as Malta Tourism Authority to support Joseph's 25th Anniver- sary Concert, which this year will be held in one of the island's most beautiful locations," Malta Tourism Authority Chairman Gavin Gulia. "This annual concert is back and will showcase Malta's top talents, along with other local and interna- tional stars while a large number of children will get the opportunity to perform alongside these great art- ists, and for some, their first oppor- tunity on a stage through the BOV Joseph Calleja Children's Choir," Bank of Valletta CEO Rick Hunkin said. Plácido Domingo (Photo: Fiorenzo Niccoli)

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