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Ron Howard has tackled documentaries on Jay-Z (Made in America) and the Beatles (Eight Days a Week). For his latest project, the Oscar-winning director turns to opera and Luciano Pavarotti, one of the greatest tenors of all time. As the movie reveals, Pavarotti's own life was often as dramatic as the stories he sung about.  Pavarotti opens in limited release on Friday (June 7) via CBS Films.  Financed by UMG's Polygram Entertainment and Decca Records, the film will be accompanied by Decca's  Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture, as well as a new 3-CD best of collection titled Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits.

Howard talked with Billboard about the film and the tenor, who died in 2007, following an intimate screening at Creative Artists Agency. READ THE Q&A         Santi Visalli/Getty Images