. . . the revelation of the evening was Eyvazov. Scheduled to sing Calaf in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role in Otello at the Mariinsky later this year, he is clearly destined for great things.

A heroic tenor in the Domingo mode, he has a strong stage presence and a huge voice – the ringing final note of his encore, Nessun Dorma, brought the house down.

The couple, only married since December, had a delightful rapport and showed off their dramatic range in their duets, from the passion of Otello and Desdemona to the charming flirtation between Mimi and Rudolfo in La Boheme, ending the evening with a rollicking Libiamo ne’ lieti calici from La Traviata.