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Luciano Pavarotti: Bio

Born on October 12, 1935, on the outskirts of Modena in north-central Italy, tenor Luciano Pavarotti made his operatic debut at the Teatro Reggio Emilia in 1961, performing as "Rodolfo" in La Boheme. He then made his international debut at the Royal Opera House in London in 1963, and, two years later, made his American debut in the Miami production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Pavarotti went on to become a hugely popular and internationally known opera star, achieving a large following due to his recordings and television appearances, and ultimately helping expand the popularity of opera worldwide. He died in Modena in 2007, at the age of 71.

Early Life - Luciano Pavarotti, known for his larger-than-life showmanship that helped expand the popularity of opera, was born on October 12, 1935, on the outskirts of Modena in north-central Italy. The son of a baker and amateur singer, Pavarotti's family was crowded into a two-room apartment. By 1943, World War II had forced the family into a rented single room in the countryside.

Pavarotti wanted to be a soccer star, but found himself enjoying his father's recordings, featuring the popular tenors of the day such as Bjoerling, Tito Schipa and his favorite, Giuseppe Di Stefano. At around the age of 9, he began singing with his father in a small local church choir. He also studied singing with childhood friend Mirella Freni, who later became a star soprano.

At age 20, Pavarotti traveled with a chorus from his hometown to an international music competition in Wales. The group won first place.

Operatic Debut - Pavarotti abandoned a career in school-teaching to dedicate his life to singing. He won the international competition at the Teatro Reggio Emilia in 1961, making his operatic debut there as "Rodolfo" in La Boheme on April 29. He made his international debut in 1963, when he stepped in for tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano in the role of Rodolfo at the Royal Opera House in London.

Pavarotti then took part in the La Scala tour of Europe (1963-64). His American debut in February 1965, in the Miami production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, also launched his legendary partnership with Australian soprano Joan Sutherland. It was with Sutherland that Pavarotti took London's Covent Garden and the New York Metropolitan Opera by storm in 1972 with a sparkling production of a Donizetti favorite, La Fille du Regiment.

Pavarotti's voice and performance were very much in the powerful style of the traditional Italian tenor. He quickly became internationally known as a concert performer, achieving a large following due to his many recordings and television appearances.

In 1982, Pavarotti appeared in the film Yes, Giorgio. That same year, he published a volume of an autobiography.

Collaborations - Pavarotti's participation in the Three Tenors with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras was hugely successful, and has been credited with bringing classical music to the masses at a level never seen previously.

1 Nessun Dorma!  
2 Che Gelida Manina  
3 Questa O Quella  
4 Verdi: Rigoletto Act 2 / Parmi Veder Le Lagrime  
5 La Donna E Mobile  
6 Donizetti: L'elisir D'amore Act 2 / Una Furtiva Lagrima  
7 La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetee  
8 Bizet: Les Pecheurs Des Perles Act 1 / Au Fond Du Temple Saint  
9 Leoncavallo: Pagliacci Act 1 / Vesti La Giubba  
10 Recondita Armonia  
11 E Lucevan Le Stelle  
12 Verdi: Il Trovatore Act 3 / Di Quella Pira  
13 Verdi: Aida Act 1/ Celeste Aida  
14 Pourquoi Me Reveiller, O Souffle Du Printemps  
15 Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera Act 1 / La Rivedra Nell'estasi  
16 Verdi: La Traviata Act 2 / Lunge Da lei...De' Miei Bollenti Spiriti  
17 Addio Fiorito Asil  
18 Puccini: La Boheme Act 1 / O Soave Fanciulla  
19 Tra Voi Belle, Brune E Bionde  
20 Puccini: Manon Lescaut Act 1 / Donna Non Vidi Mai  
21 Amor Ti Vieta  
22 Mi Batte Il cor...O Paradiso!  
23 M'appari  
24 Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici  
25 Puccini: Turandot Act 3 / Nessun Dorma  
26 Puccini: La Boheme Act 1 / Che Gelida Manina  
27 Di Capua: 'o Sole Mio  
28 Funiculi, Funicula  
29 Mattinata  
30 Modugno: Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu  
31 Santa Lucia  
32 Caro Mio Ben  
33 Ave Maria  
34 O Holy Night  
35 Ingemisco  
36 La Danza  
37 Bellini: Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile  
38 Bellini: Ma Rendi Pur Contento  
39 Donizetti: Don Pasquale Act 3 / Com'e Gentil  
40 Ah Mes Amis - Pour Mon Ame  
41 Verdi: Macbeth Act 4 / O Figli miei...Ah, La Paterna Mano  
42 Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera Act 3 / Forse La Soglia Attinse  
43 Boito: Mefistofele Act 2 / Dai Campi, Dai Prati  
44 Tosti: La Serenata  
45 Caruso  
46 Buongiorno A Te  
47 Panis Angelicus  
48 Clapton: Holy Mother  
49 Miss Sarajevo  
50 My Way  
Pavarotti - 'The 50 Greatest Tracks'
Luciano Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma
When Luciano Started Singing
How the Career Got Started, and Singing in the Choir
Important Meeting With His Hero Beniamino Gigli At Age 12
Winning Competition Starts Solo Career
Luciano's Stage Fright
American Debut and Joan Sutherland's Perfect Technique
New Challenges, Crossover and Working with Pop Stars
The Story of The Three Tenors
Loyalty to the Record Company
Bel Canto specialist. The Voice of an Angel
The Power of Television & Bringing Opera To the People
Luciano's Final Performance at the 06 Winter Olympics
Receives Lifetime Achievement Award After Death
The Foundation in Luciano's Name

Pavarotti 50 Greatest Tracks commemorates Luciano Pavarotti's 50th anniversary with Decca Records, and an unforgettable legacy of recorded music from one of the greatest voices of our time.  This definitive collection encompasses iconic Pavarotti selections,  including ‘Nessun Dorma,'‘Caruso,' ‘La Donna E Mobile,'and ‘Granada,' to incredible duets with fellow superstars Frank Sinatra, Bono, Eric Clapton and Sting.  Numerous milestones in the late-opera star's unprecedented career are captured here, including the first ever recording of Pavarotti's voice. The historic recording of the aria from La Bohème, ‘Che gelida manina' (‘Your tiny hand is frozen'), has been lying dormant in the archives for 50 years, only now to be unearthed by Pavarotti's widow, Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti, re-mastered and made commercially available for the first time. The 50 Greatest Tracks will be available October 22nd in the U.S. on Decca. 

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