On September 6, 2007, one of the most prominent opera singers of the second half of the 20th century, Luciano Pavarotti, passed away. In the new photo selection Diletant.media recalls interesting facts about the legendary tenor.
Luciano Pavarotti was born on October 12, 1935 in the north of Italy into the family of Fernando Pavarotti, a baker and singer, and Adel Venturi, a worker at a cigar factory.
When Luciano was about nine years old, he began singing with his father in a small local church choir.
Pavarotti in the choir
Pavarotti began serious music education in 1954 with tenor Arrigo Paul. His creative career began in 1961 with a victory at the International Vocal Competition, which he shared with bass owner Dmitry Nabokov. In the same year, together with Dmitry, he made his debut at the Reggio Emilia Theater, performing the part of Rudolph in “Bohemia” by J. Puccini.
Tonio's part in the opera The Daughter of the Regiment, Donizetti, sung in 1966 in Covent Garden, brought Pavarotti international fame. After that, they began to call him "the king of the top before." In the same year, Pavarotti made his debut in La Scala, Milan, where he sang the part of Tibald in Capulet and Montecchi of Bellini. Over time, the singer began to turn to dramatic roles: Cavaradossi in Tosc Puccini, Riccardo in Bale Masquerade, Manrico in Troubadour, Radames in Aida Verdi, Calaf in Turandot.
Luciano Pavarotti entered pop culture after performing the aria “Nessun Dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot opera in 1990 at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup. At the same time, Pavarotti began his collaboration with Placido Domingo and José Carreras in the project Three Tenors, a series of concerts of three artists designed to bring the opera repertoire to a wide audience. During the finals, the Three Tenors performed an aria of “Nessun Dorma” on the territory of the ancient baths of Caracalla in Rome, and copies of this record were sold more than copies of any other tune in the entire history of music, which is also recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
In the future, "Three Tenors" continued joint performances for 15 years, with great commercial success. In addition, the singer maintained friendly relations with many pop and rock performers, and repeatedly participated with them in joint concerts, which were called "Pavarotti and Friends." At the same time, Pavarotti constantly maintained his status in the world of opera, while remaining an academic singer.
Princess Diana and Luciano Pavarotti
Celine Dion and Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti and Mariah Carey
Nikolay Baskov and Luciano Pavarotti
Along with popularity in the professional circles of show business, Pavarotti's fame grew as the “king of abolitions”. Being inconstant artistic in nature, Luciano Pavarotti could cancel his performance at the last moment, thereby causing significant losses to concert halls and opera houses.
Pavarotti - paparazzi
Pavarotti in the dressing room
In 1998, Pavarotti was awarded the Grammy Legend Award, which was awarded only 15 times since its foundation.
Luciano Pavarotti was one of the most popular among the public and critically acclaimed opera tenors of the 20th century. Pavarotti gathered hundreds of thousands of listeners to his solo concerts. At one of the performances in the New York Metropolitan Opera, the audience was so captivated by the beauty of the singer's voice that the curtain had to be lifted 165 times. This case was listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
In 2004, Luciano Pavarotti said goodbye to the audience. He last appeared on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca opera. Before the performance, he officially announced that he was leaving the opera stage. The hall spent his 11-minute applause. Pavarotti's last performance was held on February 10, 2006 in Turin, at the opening ceremony of the XX Winter Olympic Games.