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Clinton to play sax in opera

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 14:37 IST

Pop-opera singers Il Divo have revealed that they could have a special guest performer at their future shows - former US President Bill Clinton.

The opera act are hoping to perform with former Bill Clinton on saxophone, after meeting his politician wife Hillary backstage at a concert.

The Democrat Senator met the four band members following a support performance for Barbara Streisand at New York's Madison Square Garden last month, and she had big news for the boys.

"She came backstage afterwards and Hillary said, 'I'm a huge fan of yours and have all your albums. Maybe Bill can play saxophone with you someday," Contactmusic quoted singer Carlos Marin as saying.

The band performed along with Streisand at Los Angeles to support her on her controversial tour of America on 20th Nov, which saw audience members angered over a comedy sketch mocking US President George W Bush.

The international opera act are one of the biggest success stories of recent years, drawing huge audiences in both the UK and North America.

Their new album Siempre, will be out later this month, with a world tour to follow - which includes UK shows starting on May 14 in Cardiff.

The group's first self-titled album was number one in 13 countries including Britain. Their second album Ancora - released a year ago - also reached the top in Britain.

Il Divo has been honoured in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Multinational UK No.1 Album Group.

They were put together by X Factor judge Simon Cowell, and specialise in semi-operatic interpretations of classic tracks as well as a smattering of original songs.