Today we remember the tenor Luciano Pavarotti who died in Modena on September 6, 2007, at the age of 71.
Fortunately, Pavarotti chose to abandon a career in school-teaching to dedicate his life to singing. In 1961 he won the international competition at the Teatro Reggio Emilia, before making his operatic debut there as “Rodolfo” in La bohème on April 29. Pavrotti became known to a wide audience for his larger-than-life showmanship and did much to expand the popularity of opera.
Pavarotti performed in the powerful style of the traditional Italian tenor. In the late 1960s and ’70s, when Luciano Pavarotti was at his best, he possessed a sound remarkable for its ability to penetrate large spaces easily. He was at his best in works by Puccini, Donizetti and early Verdi. Latterly his signature tune became Nessun Dorma from Act III of Puccini’s Turandot, but Pavarotti rarely sang the role of Calaf on stage.
He was one of The Three Tenors, with the Spaniards Plácido Domingo and José Carreras who sang together at various football World Cup tournaments; Pavarotti loved football!
Why not rember the great tenor by listening to this new release from Decca. Nearly three hours of fine singing.