As if super-star Spanish tenor Jose Carreras isn't enough, the Kremlin Palace has booked yet another Spanish singer, Enrique Iglesias, to give a couple of concerts at the end of September.
Not many young performers come close to the impressive record of success achieved by the 25-year old Enrique Iglesias.
His albums have sold over 13 million copies; three Mexican soap operas have been named after his songs, and his records have been labeled "Gold" 241 times and "Platinum" 132 times. His popularity seems to know no boundaries. He is exceptionally successful in Europe, South America and Asia, and especially in Thailand, where he became widely known after a local singer translated two of his songs into Thai.
Enrique has tried hard not to advertise the fact that he is the son of famous singer Julio Iglesias. According to his public-relations spokesperson, it was not too difficult. Apparently, Julio Iglesias has never devoted much attention to his son. It was not until Enrique's debuting album "Enrique Iglesias" resounded throughout the world that his father discovered that his son had quit working on his M.B.A. to devote himself entirely to music.
Enrique went in for music at the age of 15. He performed in restaurants, took lessons and wrote songs. In 1995 he recorded his first album, called "Enrique Iglesias," which won him a Grammy Award in 1997. His second album, "Vivir," was also a success but the third one, "Cosas del Amor," exceeded the first two in sales.
Today, Enrique Iglesias is cited as the most successful Spanish singer of the past decade. Eleven songs performed by Enrique topped Billboard magazine's charts and his English-language "Bailamos" made it into the "Wild Wild West" movie soundtrack and topped the Billboard's Top 100. Encouraged by the success of his first English-language hit single, Enrique produced an album of 14 English-language songs and simply called the album "Enrique."
Metro: Alexandrovsky Sad
Entry: 250 to 8,000 rubles
Date and time: Sept. 27/28, 7 p.m.