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Introduction: Luciano Pavarotti (03:00)


This video will examine the life of one of the most memorable opera tenors in the past century. During the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Luciano Pavarotti sung "nessun dorma" from Turandot and conneced with the masses. Experts discuss his talent and legacy. (Credits)

Pavarotti: Career Beginnings (04:31)

Experts discuss his childhood in Modena, escape to the country during World War II, desire to play professional soccer, and becoming a teacher. Influences include Enrico Caruso and Mario Lanza. Mirella Freni's mother worked in the same factory as Adele Venturi.

Pavarotti: Opera Training (04:50)

Arrigo Pola agreed to teach Pavarotti without remuneration. Ettore Campogalliani drilled the tenor on scales to establish a solid technique. Corale Rossini won first prize at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.

Pavarotti: Professional Début (04:02)

Pavarotti premiered as Rudolfo from "La Boheme" in Reggio Emilia. In 1963, he made his first international appearance at Vienna State Opera singing "La Traviata." Experts discuss subsequent performances at the Belfast and Royal Opera Houses.

Pavarotti: Early Career (05:29)

Pavarotti performed on "Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium," bringing opera music to the working class. The tenor sings Idamante in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Idomeneo" at the Glyndebourne Festival. Joan Sutherland invited Pavarotti on a tour traveling to Australia and teaches him how to breathe.

Pavarotti: La Scala Début (02:03)

Franco Zeffirelli cast Pavarotti in the role of Rudolfo; Herbert von Karajan conducted. His childhood friend, Freni, portrayed Mimi.

Pavarotti: Growing Popularity (04:11)

Pavarotti appeared as Tonio in "La Fille du Regiment" at the Royal Opera House, earning the title "The King of High Cs". Herbert Breslin signed the singer for his commercial potential. The audience at the Metropolitan Opera gave Pavarotti 17 curtain calls the night of his début.

Pavarotti: American Popularity (02:15)

Pavarotti appeared on the cover of "Time Magazine," on "The Tonight Show," and on billboards, creating an opera superstar. Rupert Christiansen wishes he could have seen the tenor and Sutherland perform "I Puritani" at the Metropolitan Opera.

Pavarotti: Pressure and Obligations (03:25)

Pavarotti decided to stop learning new roles. The tenor established the Pavarotti International Voice Competition for Young Singers. The winners traveled to China to perform.

Pavarotti: Global Superstar (02:58)

Pavarotti starred as Rudolfo in "La Boheme" with Carlos Kleiber at the Metropolitan Opera. Roles like Nemorino in "L'elisir d'amore" suited the tenor's comic timing. Ardis Krainik at the "Lyric Opera of Chicago" fired the singer after cancelling performances.

The Three Tenors (03:14)

During the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras sung "nessun dorma" from Turandot. The trio performed together until 2003.

Pavarotti: End of Career (04:06)

During the season premiere at La Scala Pavarotti's voice cracked; the singer could not complete a concert in Washington. Pavarotti announced one final world tour before his retirement. The tenor sung "nessun dorma" one final time at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics, while suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Credits: Luciano Pavarotti (00:38)

Credits: Luciano Pavarotti

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This episode features classic moments in the career of Luciano Pavarotti. Filmed in in the United Kingdom and Italy, this program features historical archive, performance highlights, and contributions from artists, critics and directors.

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL182981

ISBN: 978-1-64481-828-2

Copyright date: ©2018

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