Luciano Pavarotti Passed Away September 6th, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti

When one thinks of famous opera singers, many will think of the great trio of Italian singers known as The Three Tenors. Yet, amongst this group there is one that always seems to stand above the other two in popularity, impact and talent and that is Luciano Pavarotti. Known for his powerful tenor voice that can move an entire crowd full of listeners, Pavarotti has enjoyed international fame and is considered by many as one of the greatest living Italian singers. Pavarotti has taken opera and placed it in the center stage for many around the globe, attracting fans of all ages.

Pavarotti roared his way into the world on October 12, 1935 in the city of Modena, Italy which is in the northern portion of Italy and part of the Emilia-Romagna region. The only child of a baker who was also an amateur singer, the young Pavarotti was a member of the Modena Chorus alongside his father. With this experience, Pavarotti received his first taste of singing of which he would later become famous for. As a child, Pavarotti was also a part of a soccer team, a passion which he would not relinquish for the rest of his life.

In 1961, while in his mid-twenties, Pavarotti received his big debut as the character Rodolfo in the opera entitled; La Bohème at the opera house located in Reggio Emilia, Italy. His subsequent debut in America came a few years later in February, 1965 in Miami while performing the opera Lucia di Lammermoor with Joan Sutherland, an Australian opera singer. He was perceived as a great up and coming tenor, but his real success would not come until the early 70's.

On February 17 1972 he achieved his groundbreaking success that would instantaneously launch him into a world-wide spectacle for all to hear and enjoy. On that cold winter day, the stage of New York's Metropolitan Opera was raging with passion as Pavarotti performed in Donizetti's La fille du régiment to an ecstatic crowd. When the great singer completed three high Cs, the crowd erupted into applause at his impressive display of talent. He achieved seventeen curtain calls from his gripping performance which propelled him into stardom.

Following his astonishing performance, Pavarotti has enjoyed immense fame, drawing crowds in record-breaking numbers. In 1977, his performance at Rodolfo on the debut of the program Live from the Met attracted the largest audience ever for a televised opera performance. He sang on many stages, sharing his wonderful voice with a crowd captivated by his passionate performance.

Pavarotti's success ever since is undeniable. He has enthralled audiences for decades while performing around the world to sold-out crowds that are fixated on his incredible voice. Each of his performances on stage have been recorded and he has sold millions of copies of his music worldwide, touching the hearts of many in the process from his powerful tenor voice.

In the 90's, Pavarotti's success would continue as he would give outdoor concerts and serenade the attendants with his majestic voice. Most notable was the concert he gave at Hyde Park in London which drew a record 150,000 attendees and his concert on the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park which drew over 500,000 listeners. Both of these were televised and the number of viewers was in the millions. He also performed a concert at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, attracting a crowd of 300,000 listeners.

He would, however, become largely known in the 90's for his partnership with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras to form The Three Tenors. Their first concert was held in 1990 at Rome during the World Cup. From here, they went on tours around the globe singing in baseball stadiums such as Dodger Stadium in Los Angelus, Paris and even Yokohama, Japan. They even performed on Broadway and their songs were enormously popular. Many opera purists have made detracting statements against the trio, stating that they have lost their passion for the music itself. However, their popularity still remained with hits such as the romantic ballad by Giovanni Capurro and Eduardo di Capua; O Solo Mio.

Pavarotti made his final tour in 2004 at the age of 69. He survives with four children and one child who died in infancy. He has become a living legend for his immense talent for opera and has achieved a level of fame unheard of in the history of opera singers. A singer since a child, he has attracted audiences in record numbers and his name will live on as one of the greatest singers of opera from our time.

Below - A fun short movie with Pavarotti singing "La donna e' mobile' by G Verdi