I received this paragraph in my email today:
"I would like to inform you about a really fascinating opera by the sadly neglected French composer Albert Roussel,recently reissued on EMI. It is called Padmavati,and is a fantastically colorful and exotic tale of Medieval India during the Moghul conquest. The recording is superb and features Marilyn Horne, Nicolai Gedda and Jose vanDam.The Theatre de Chatelet will be doing one of the very rare productions of the opera this March, and with luck it will appear on DVD. Don't miss this EMI recording."
I just happened to be walking past a library branch and stepped inside to see what they had. Padmavati with Marilyn Horne et. al. Is it serendipity or kismet?