Pavarotti

Pavarotti

[pav-uh-rot-ee; It. pah-vah-rawt-tee]
Pavarotti, Luciano, 1935-2007, Italian tenor. He made his debut in Italy in 1961, in London in 1963, and in the United States in 1965. He appeared regularly at New York's Metropolitan Opera from 1968 to 2004. A popular favorite, Pavarotti was noted for the rich and ringing clarity of his lyric tenor voice as well as for his immense personal charm. His brilliance and style were particularly notable in his performances of works by Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, and Verdi. During his later career he frequently sang for huge audiences in stadiums and other large venues, and also appeared on television. In the 1980s he reached an enormous public through the Three Tenor concerts and recordings, in which he was joined by Placido Domingo and José Carreras. In the 1990s he participated in numerous charity concerts, often sharing the bill with rock stars.

See his autobiographies (with W. Wright, 1981 and 1995).

Luciano Pavarotti.

(born Oct. 12, 1935, Modena, Italy—died Sept. 6, 2007, Modena) Italian tenor. He started out as a schoolteacher and began his vocal training only in his 20s. He made his professional debut in 1961 and then debuted at La Scala in 1965 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. He retained the beautiful tone and thrilling high notes that his audiences loved into his 60s, nurturing his broad appeal by recording many light pieces in addition to the traditional Italian repertoire in which he specialized. The most famous male classical singer of the late 20th century, he came to personify the Italian tenor worldwide.

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Luciano Pavarotti.

(born Oct. 12, 1935, Modena, Italy—died Sept. 6, 2007, Modena) Italian tenor. He started out as a schoolteacher and began his vocal training only in his 20s. He made his professional debut in 1961 and then debuted at La Scala in 1965 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. He retained the beautiful tone and thrilling high notes that his audiences loved into his 60s, nurturing his broad appeal by recording many light pieces in addition to the traditional Italian repertoire in which he specialized. The most famous male classical singer of the late 20th century, he came to personify the Italian tenor worldwide.

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