.- The Spanish tenor Placido Domingo has made an album of songs based on poems written by Pope John Paul II. Titled âInfinite Love,â the album will be presented in the Vatican next Friday.
The album, published by the German record label Deutsche Grammophon, features 12 songs, including Domingoâs duets with U.S. gospel singer Vanessa Williams and his son Placido Domingo Jr. It is expected to go on sale in Italy next Friday, ANSA reports.
Domingo, 67, has said the Popeâs poems were of âgreat literary value,â and after reading them he asked his son to write a musical score for lyrics based on them.
The tenor has sung before both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
The late pontiffâs poems have been published by the Vatican Press under the titles âMeditationsâ and âThe Poetry of Pope John Paul II.â A 1994 work published by Random House also collected the Pontiffâs poetry under the title âThe Place Within: The Poetry of Pope John Paul II.â
According to ANSA, one of John Paul IIâs best-received poems imagined the scene in the Sistine Chapel when his successor would be elected.