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Luciano Pavarotti

Arguably no other opera singer in music history achieved the same level of international celebrity as tenor Luciano Pavarotti; his voice -- robust, resonant, and immediately recognizable -- launched him into the stratosphere of household recognition usually reserved for pop stars and Hollywood icons, and in the process spurred opera itself on to new peaks of mainstream popularity. Born in Modena, Italy, on October 12, 1935, as a boy he enjoyed local fame as a member of the town's soccer team, and first sang in the chorus with his father, himself a fine amateur tenor and devoted opera buff. After the chorus won first prize in an international competition, the young Pavarotti's future was cemented: his solo debut came in 1961, portraying Rodolfo in a performance of La Boheme at the opera house in Reggio Emilia. His early success led to engagements throughout Italy and eventually Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, and London; Pavarotti's American debut came in February 1965, in a Miami production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Joan Sutherland (the first of their many pairings).

History suggests that the Pavarotti phenomenon began in earnest on February 17, 1972 during a performance of La Fille du Regiment at New York's Metropolitan Opera; after his effortless completion of an aria containing nine high Cs, the audience erupted in prolonged applause, and his stardom was assured. In the years to follow, Pavarotti essayed the roles of Arturo, Massenet's Des Grieux, Alfredo, the Duke, and Nemorino; as his voice darkened and grew, he also appeared as Manrico, Ernani, Radames, Calaf, and Otello. In 1977, Pavarotti reprised the role of Rodolfo for the premiere episode of the long-running Live at the Met television series, going on to appear in over a dozen broadcasts from the Lincoln Center; his entire stage repertory eventually reached record, and he also sold millions of copies of his solo albums of opera arias, traditional music, and holiday favorites. Pavarotti's live performances included many stadium dates, as well as numerous other attention-grabbing spectacles; additionally, some of his greatest success was achieved in the company of Placido Domingo and José Carreras, performing together as the Three Tenors. Pavarotti's last performance came at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he sang a typically poignant and powerful rendition of "Nessun Dorma" to an adoring crowd. On 6 September 2007, the world lost one of the greatest voices of all-time as Luciano Pavarotti lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and sadly passed away at the age of 71. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Luciano Pavarotti: The Best (Farewell Tour)

Disc 1
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Rigoletto, Opera

1. Rigoletto, Opera: I. La Donna E Mobile

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: L'elisir D'amore, Opera

2. L'elisir D'amore, Opera: Una Furtiva Lagrima

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera

3. La Traviata, Opera: Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera

4. Tosca, Opera: Recondita Armonia

Title: Manon Lescaut, Opera

5. Manon Lescaut, Opera: Donna Non Vidi Mai

Title: La Bohème, Opera

6. La Bohème, Opera: I. Che Gelida Manina!

7. La Bohème, Opera: O Soave Fanciulla

Composer: Giacomo Meyerbeer
Title: L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts

8. L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: Mi Batte Il Cuor...o Paradiso

Composer: Friedrich von Flotow
Title: Martha, Opera

9. Martha, Opera: M'Appari

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Luisa Miller, Opera

10. Luisa Miller, Opera: Quando Le Sere Al Placido Chiaror

Title: Aida, Opera

11. Aida, Opera: Se Quel Guerrier Io Fossil....celeste Aida

Title: Un Ballo In Maschera, Opera

12. Un Ballo In Maschera, Opera: Forse La Soglia Attinse

Composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Title: Pagliacci, Opera

13. Pagliacci, Opera: Recitar!...vesti La Giubba

Composer: Umberto Giordano
Title: Andrea Chénier, Opera

14. Andrea Chénier, Opera: Come Un Bel Dì Maggio

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: La Fille Du Régiment, Opera

15. La Fille Du Régiment, Opera: Ah! Mes Amis, Quel Jour De Fête!

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Il Trovatore, Opera

16. Il Trovatore, Opera: Di Quella Pira L'orrendo Foco

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Turandot, Opera

17. Turandot, Opera: Nessun Dorma! / Tu Che Guardi Le Stelle

Disc 2
Composer: Ernesto de Curtis
Title: Torna A Surriento, For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)

1. Torna A Surriento, For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra): Torna A Surriento

Composer: E.A. Mario
Title: Santa Lucia Luntana, For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: La Danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già La Luna È In Mezzo Al Mare"), For Voice & Piano (Soirées Musicales)
Composer: Paolo Tosti
Title: L'Ultima Canzone For Voice & Piano/orchestra
Title: Non T'amo Più, For Voice & Piano/orchestra
Composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Title: Mattinata, Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Composer: Eduardo di Capua
Title: O Sole Mio, For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)

7. O Sole Mio, For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra): O Sole Mio

Composer: Paolo Tosti
Title: A Vucchella ("Arietta Di Posilippo") For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Composer: Salvatore Cardillo
Title: Core 'Ngrato (Catari), For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Domenico Modugno
Title: Volare, For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Cesare Andrea Bixio
Title: Vivere For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Roberto Musumarra / Giorgio Flavio Pintus
Title: Il Canto

12. Il Canto: Il Canto

Composer: Lucio Dalla
Title: Caruso, For Voice & Orchestra

13. Caruso, For Voice & Orchestra: Caruso

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Rigoletto, Opera
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Track List: Pavarotti Forever

Disc 1
Title: Forever

1. Forever: Nessun Dorma

2. Forever: Che Gelida Manina

3. Forever: Brindisi

4. Forever: Celeste Aida

5. Forever: Una Furtiva Lagrima

6. Forever: Questa O Quella

7. Forever: M'appari

8. Forever: E Lucevan Le Stelle

9. Forever: Amor Ti Vieta

10. Forever: Vesti La Giubba

11. Forever: Donna Non Vidi Mai

12. Forever: La Donna E Mobile

13. Forever: O Paradiso

14. Forever: Pourquoi Me Reveiller

15. Forever: La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetee

16. Forever: Tra Voi, Belle

17. Forever: Cielo E Mar!

18. Forever: Recondita Armonia

19. Forever: Spirto Gentil

20. Forever: Di Quella Pira

21. Forever: Suzel, Buon Di

Disc 2

1. Forever: O Sole Mio

2. Forever: Torna A Surriento

3. Forever: Core 'Ngrato

4. Forever: Funiculi-funicula

5. Forever: Notte 'E Piscatore

6. Forever: O Holy Night

7. Forever: Panis Angelicus

8. Forever: Ave Maria

9. Forever: Mattinata

10. Forever: La Danza

11. Forever: Caro Mio Ben

12. Forever: Caruso

13. Forever: My Way

14. Forever: Santa Lucia

15. Forever: Tu Che M'hai Preso Il Cuor

16. Forever: Mamma

17. Forever: La Mia Canzone Al Vento

18. Forever: Volare

19. Forever: Passione

20. Forever: Granada

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Track List: Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti Arias ~ Una Furtiva Lagrima

Title: La Fille Du Régiment, Opera

1. La Fille Du Régiment, Opera: Ah! Mes Amis, Quel Jour De Fête!

2. La Fille Du Régiment, Opera: éCoutez-moi...pour Me Rapprocher De Marie

Title: L'elisir D'amore, Opera

3. L'elisir D'amore, Opera: Quanto E Bella

4. L'elisir D'amore, Opera: Una Furtiva Lagrima

Title: La Favorita, Opera

5. La Favorita, Opera: Una Vergine, Un'angel Di Dio

6. La Favorita, Opera: Si, Che Un Solo Accento

7. La Favorita, Opera: Favorita Del Re!...spirto Gentil

Title: Le Duc D'Albe (Il Duca D'Alba), Opera

8. Le Duc D'Albe (Il Duca D'Alba), Opera: Inosservato, Penetrava...angelo Casto E Bel

Title: Dom Sébastien, Roi Du Portugal, Opera

9. Dom Sébastien, Roi Du Portugal, Opera: Deserto In Terra...

Title: Don Pasquale, Opera

10. Don Pasquale, Opera: Com'è Gentil

Title: Maria Stuarda, Opera

11. Maria Stuarda, Opera: Ah! Rimiro Il Bel Sembiante

Title: Lucia Di Lammermoor, Opera

12. Lucia Di Lammermoor, Opera: Tombe Degli Avi Miei

13. Lucia Di Lammermoor, Opera: Tu Che A Dio Spiegasti L'ali (Edgardo, Raimondo)

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Track List: Nessun Dorma: Arias & Duets

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera

1. La Traviata, Opera: Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici

Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Werther, Lyric Drama In 4 Acts

2. Werther, Lyric Drama In 4 Acts: Pourquoi Me Reveiller, O Souffle Du Printemps?

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: L'elisir D'amore, Opera

3. L'elisir D'amore, Opera: Act 1: Una Parola...chiedi All'aura

Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
Title: La Gioconda, Opera In 4 Acts

4. La Gioconda, Opera In 4 Acts: Cielo E Mar!

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera

5. La Traviata, Opera: Parigi, O Cara, Noi Lasceremo

Composer: Giacomo Meyerbeer
Title: L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts

6. L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: Mi Batte Il Cuor...o Paradiso

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Turandot, Opera

7. Turandot, Opera: Nessun Dorma

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: Petite Messe Solennelle, For Soloists, 2 Pianos, Harmonium & Choir

8. Petite Messe Solennelle, For Soloists, 2 Pianos, Harmonium & Choir: Domine Deus

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: Requiem For 3 Soloists In D Minor, Chorus & Orchestra (for Bellini; Unfinished)

9. Requiem For 3 Soloists In D Minor, Chorus & Orchestra (for Bellini; Unfinished): Ingemisco

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera

10. La Traviata, Opera: Lunge Da Lei... De' Miei Bollenti Spiriti

Title: Macbeth, Opera

11. Macbeth, Opera: Act Four: Scene One - Ah, La Paterna Mano (Macduff)

Title: I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata, Opera

12. I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata, Opera: La Mia Letizia Infondere

Title: Otello, Opera

13. Otello, Opera: Act I. Gia Nella Notte Densa

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nbath21
Voice instantly recognizable high range totally free from strain. Only Boerling in same class among modern age tenors
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Never will forget seeing in Austin TX. It was nice to seeing people dressing nice. Thank you family and Pandora. Love the movie.
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I'm a very elderly lady and it's too bad that a gentleman with such a 'WONDERFUL voice couldn't be with us longer! I haven't anything to offer anyone or anything in this world - so why am I still here!
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nbath21
Una Furtiva sung by Pavarotti or Bjoerling are the ultimate
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Pavarotti is the best opera singer since Caruso.
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nataspar
He's good I guess be I've seen better
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Breathtaking !
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Magnificent!
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Such a powerful voice, yet so soothing and calming, especially in these troubling times....I turn off the network news and listen to this man......Tha n k you Mr Pavarotti RIP
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canzone del mio cuore ♡
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This is the man........W o u l d love to have seen him live.....
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No one better. RIP
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jack1267
chelda mia
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Una furtiva lagrima... From my eye when he sings.
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See his movie ' Yes Giogio' ! You'll see another side of him...humor and light heartedness as a romantic lead. His arias are an added treat!
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never will his sound be silent.....h o w grateful am I
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I saw him in concert when I was 3 or 4 years old.
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Today, October 12th would have been his 79th birthday. Tanti auguri, Luciano!!!! Una delle voci piu' belle nella storia del mondo. Bravissimo!! ! !
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I melt at the sound of his voice!!
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For me, he is so magnificent singing, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to hear him in person five different times, I felt so much emotion that left me extremely happy
I wish he would be still alive for others to see and hear him
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brings tears to an old man's eyes
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I love this type of music it helps me think and clear my mind definitely my ATF while smoking a blunt or just doing home chores
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e saddest thought is that the kids of today will never hear this great music a generation lost sad sad sad age 68
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the best ever . baquack
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Unforgettabl e .
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A dear friend of mine and Pavarottis', during his visits closed ,his (slow Italian cooking) restaurant when the great Pavorotti was in town. It was open only for Pavarotti, friends and family. The answering machine had the simple message The Great Pavarotti is in town. We are closed. Ronaldo McDonaldi will do. Hooray for Gil Capas' Bistro!!!!
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yvettenatkin
There will never be another tenor like Pavarotti.
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Pavarotti only, please
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Forever and ever........ e t e r n a l music
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A lot of hard work and super Talented !
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Untouchable,
Unforgettabl e . . . . . N o b o d y can replace him.....Nobo d y . . . . S u c h a force!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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99teslagirl
Sorry about the typo, I meant grat instead of grat.
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99teslagirl
During one of his many interviews Mr. Pavarotti said he dated 250 to 300 woman a year. In addition to the greatest voice of all times, he must have other grat attributes, but don't all Italians!
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One of the greatest opera performances ever
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My daughter and I got to see one of his live performances in person. Words cannot express what we both felt listening to him. There will never be another Pavarotti.
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when he sings a tear comes to my eye. the best I ever heard
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Luciano Pavarotti of Modena Italy 12 Oct. 1935 - 05 Sept. 2007 Nessen dorma even for great men Enri. We can be grateful for the time we had together and for what he left us.
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The One & only Luciano Pavarotti!!! ! ! so missed......
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I would like to hear more from Pavarotti coming from his station.
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What a pair of lungs! Amazing.
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The world has lost perhaps it's greatest voice. He was bigger than life. His voice beautiful, clear and seemingly effortless
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Such a magnificent voice!!!
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THE BEST,MOST PASSIONATE MUSICIAN EVER!!!
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one of the best voices ever
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bravo!!!!!!! !
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Oh my gosh!!! I need a hankie.
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Pavarotti was on the Johnny Show; my husband called me into the room to listen to him sing. We both loved his voice and brought a lot of his albums. When Pavarotti passed away, we felted that we lost one of our family members. My husband passed away last year and we taped Pavarotti music to play at the viewing of my husband.
Now both can meet in heaven. God bless them.
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