Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti

was an Italian operatic tenor, who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.
Luciano Pavarotti has become perhaps the personification of opera in our time, his inimitable tenor voice and unique personality touching audiences throughout the world. His impact on music has been profound, broadening the horizons of classical music and bringing millions of new fans to his art, through his many appearances not only on the greatest international opera and concert stages, but also on television, in movies and in arena concerts. Adding to the luster of his fame has been the decade-long international success of The Three Tenor concerts, bringing Pavarotti together with the other two great tenors of his generation, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo. For the first time, the three superstars join in a musical celebration of the holiday season on Sony Classical’s The Three Tenors Christmas, filmed and recorded live in Vienna, and available on audio (SK 89131) and home video in VHS and DVD (SVD 89063).Pavarotti was born in Modena, Italy, on October 12, 1935, the first child and only son of a baker. As a boy, sports occupied much of his time. In fact, he earned his first local fame as a member of the town’s soccer team, excelling at the game he has followed passionately ever since. He first sang in the Modena chorus with his father, a fervent lover of opera and gifted amateur tenor. When the chorus won first prize in an international competition, the youngster was hooked. His debut came on April 29, 1961, as Rodolfo in La bohème, at the opera house in Reggio Emilia. That success led to engagements throughout Italy and the world, where he conquered audiences in Amsterdam, Vienna, Zürich, and London. His American debut came in February 1965, in a Miami production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Joan Sutherland, the beginning of what would become their historic partnership. Debuts in La bohème, at La Scala, San Francisco, and New York made him one of the most promising tenors of his generation. The Pavarotti phenomenon did not actually begin until February 17, 1972, in a production of La Fille du Regiment at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.Responding to Pavarotti’s aria containing nine effortless high Cs, the audience erupted in a frenzied ovation, and the young tenor’s reputation soared beyond the confines of opera and classical music. The tenor’s recordings are consistent best sellers, and include collections of arias and recital programs, a live concert from Carnegie Hall, and anthologies of Neapolitan and other Italian songs. His frequent television appearances in performance as well as in documentaries and on talk shows continue to add to his musical renown. His performance as Rodolfo in the first Live from the Met telecast of La bohème in March 1977, attracting one of the largest audiences ever for a televised opera. From that same stage, he and Plácido Domingo together celebrated the 25th anniversary of their debuts with an Opening Night Gala performance in the fall of 1993. Pavarotti consistently draws record-breaking audiences to sold-out arena concerts in many countries and shares his music with huge audiences in the great public parks of the world. His televised concert in London’s Hyde Park, in the presence of Charles and Diana, the Prince and Princess of Wales, was the first concert in the history of the park featuring classical music and drew a record attendance of some 150,000 people. In June 1993, more than 500,000 fans gathered to enjoy his performance on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park, while millions more around the world watched on television. The following September, singing in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, he thrilled the hearts of an estimated 300,000 Parisian music lovers. Pavarotti is also dedicated to the development of the careers of young singers, and conducts standing-room-only master classes at conservatories around the world. In 1982, he initiated an ongoing international vocal competition culminating with prestigious final performances in Philadelphia. The second competition in 1986 coincided with the 25th Anniversary of his career. To celebrate, he brought the winners of that competition to Italy for gala performances of La bohème in Modena and in Genoa that resulted in his historic visit to China, chronicled in the film Distant Harmony.Source:
Why should be elite, music? Excuse me. Music must be for everybody.More Luciano Pavarotti quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As an art form, opera is a rare and remarkable creation. For me, it expresses aspects of the human drama that cannot be expressed in any other way, or certainly not as beautifully.More Luciano Pavarotti quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In opera, as with any performing art, to be in great demand and to command high fees you must be good of course, but you must also be famous. The two are different things.More Luciano Pavarotti quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If I go three days without vocalizing, the voice is gone.More Luciano Pavarotti quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I was an elementary school teacher.More Luciano Pavarotti quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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