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Ron Howard discusses new documentary about the larger-than-life Luciano Pavarotti / The List

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Sometimes, a bit of distance is what you need. Take Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of A Beautiful Mind. When he was approached to make a documentary about the opera star Luciano Pavarotti, he was by no means an expert. 'I didn't make the movie because I was a committed Pavarotti fan,' he says. 'I had nothing but respect for him and opera, but what more sparked my curiosity [was] a world to shed light on and inhabit.'

Understandably, Pavarotti's rarefied existence is like catnip to filmmakers. The Italian tenor lived a larger-than-life existence that went far beyond his global fame, brought on when he performed with Spaniards José Carreras and Plácido Domingo as The Three Tenors. While their concert on the eve of the 1990 World Cup final, and Pavarotti's recital of 'Nessun Dorma', became a signature moment, 'there are so many examples of that in his career,' says Howard.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker discusses his new documentary about the larger-than-life opera star. READ THE FULL ARTICLE