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Luciano Pavarotti

Arguably no other opera singer in music history achieved the same level of international celebrity as tenor Luciano Pavarotti; his voice -- robust, resonant, and immediately recognizable -- launched him into the stratosphere of household recognition usually reserved for pop stars and Hollywood icons, and in the process spurred opera itself on to new peaks of mainstream popularity. Born in Modena, Italy, on October 12, 1935, as a boy he enjoyed local fame as a member of the town's soccer team, and first sang in the chorus with his father, himself a fine amateur tenor and devoted opera buff. After the chorus won first prize in an international competition, the young Pavarotti's future was cemented: his solo debut came in 1961, portraying Rodolfo in a performance of La Boheme at the opera house in Reggio Emilia. His early success led to engagements throughout Italy and eventually Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, and London; Pavarotti's American debut came in February 1965, in a Miami production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Joan Sutherland (the first of their many pairings).

History suggests that the Pavarotti phenomenon began in earnest on February 17, 1972 during a performance of La Fille du Regiment at New York's Metropolitan Opera; after his effortless completion of an aria containing nine high Cs, the audience erupted in prolonged applause, and his stardom was assured. In the years to follow, Pavarotti essayed the roles of Arturo, Massenet's Des Grieux, Alfredo, the Duke, and Nemorino; as his voice darkened and grew, he also appeared as Manrico, Ernani, Radames, Calaf, and Otello. In 1977, Pavarotti reprised the role of Rodolfo for the premiere episode of the long-running Live at the Met television series, going on to appear in over a dozen broadcasts from the Lincoln Center; his entire stage repertory eventually reached record, and he also sold millions of copies of his solo albums of opera arias, traditional music, and holiday favorites. Pavarotti's live performances included many stadium dates, as well as numerous other attention-grabbing spectacles; additionally, some of his greatest success was achieved in the company of Placido Domingo and José Carreras, performing together as the Three Tenors. Pavarotti's last performance came at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he sang a typically poignant and powerful rendition of "Nessun Dorma" to an adoring crowd. On 6 September 2007, the world lost one of the greatest voices of all-time as Luciano Pavarotti lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and sadly passed away at the age of 71. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Luciano Pavarotti: The Best (Farewell Tour)

Disc 1
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Rigoletto, Opera
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: L'elisir D'amore, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera
Title: Manon Lescaut, Opera
Title: La Bohème, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Meyerbeer
Title: L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts
Composer: Friedrich von Flotow
Title: Martha, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Luisa Miller, Opera
Title: Aida, Opera
Title: Un Ballo In Maschera, Opera
Composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Title: Pagliacci, Opera
Composer: Umberto Giordano
Title: Andrea Chénier, Opera
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: La Fille Du Régiment, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Il Trovatore, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Turandot, Opera
Disc 2
Composer: Ernesto de Curtis
Title: Torna A Surriento, For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Composer: E.A. Mario
Title: Santa Lucia Luntana, For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: La Danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già La Luna È In Mezzo Al Mare"), For Voice & Piano (Soirées Musicales)
Composer: Paolo Tosti
Title: L'Ultima Canzone For Voice & Piano/orchestra
Title: Non T'amo Più, For Voice & Piano/orchestra
Composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Title: Mattinata, Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Composer: Eduardo di Capua
Title: O Sole Mio, For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Composer: Paolo Tosti
Title: A Vucchella ("Arietta Di Posilippo") For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Composer: Salvatore Cardillo
Title: Core 'Ngrato (Catari), For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Domenico Modugno
Title: Volare, For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Cesare Andrea Bixio
Title: Vivere For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Roberto Musumarra / Giorgio Flavio Pintus
Title: Il Canto
Composer: Lucio Dalla
Title: Caruso, For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Rigoletto, Opera
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Track List: Nessun Dorma: Arias & Duets

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Werther, Lyric Drama In 4 Acts
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: L'elisir D'amore, Opera
Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
Title: La Gioconda, Opera In 4 Acts
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Meyerbeer
Title: L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Turandot, Opera
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: Petite Messe Solennelle, For Soloists, 2 Pianos, Harmonium & Choir
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: Requiem For 3 Soloists In D Minor, Chorus & Orchestra (for Bellini; Unfinished)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera
Title: Macbeth, Opera
Title: I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata, Opera
Title: Otello, Opera

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Una furtiva lagrima... From my eye when he sings.
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See his movie ' Yes Giogio' ! You'll see another side of him...humor and light heartedness as a romantic lead. His arias are an added treat!
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never will his sound be silent.....h o w grateful am I
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I saw him in concert when I was 3 or 4 years old.
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Today, October 12th would have been his 79th birthday. Tanti auguri, Luciano!!!! Una delle voci piu' belle nella storia del mondo. Bravissimo!! ! !
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I melt at the sound of his voice!!
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For me, he is so magnificent singing, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to hear him in person five different times, I felt so much emotion that left me extremely happy
I wish he would be still alive for others to see and hear him
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brings tears to an old man's eyes
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I love this type of music it helps me think and clear my mind definitely my ATF while smoking a blunt or just doing home chores
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e saddest thought is that the kids of today will never hear this great music a generation lost sad sad sad age 68
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the best ever . baquack
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The greatest singer of all
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Unforgettabl e .
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A dear friend of mine and Pavarottis', during his visits closed ,his (slow Italian cooking) restaurant when the great Pavorotti was in town. It was open only for Pavarotti, friends and family. The answering machine had the simple message The Great Pavarotti is in town. We are closed. Ronaldo McDonaldi will do. Hooray for Gil Capas' Bistro!!!!
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There will never be another tenor like Pavarotti.
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Pavarotti only, please
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Forever and ever........ e t e r n a l music
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A lot of hard work and super Talented !
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Untouchable,
Unforgettabl e . . . . . N o b o d y can replace him.....Nobo d y . . . . S u c h a force!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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99teslagirl
Sorry about the typo, I meant grat instead of grat.
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99teslagirl
During one of his many interviews Mr. Pavarotti said he dated 250 to 300 woman a year. In addition to the greatest voice of all times, he must have other grat attributes, but don't all Italians!
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One of the greatest opera performances ever
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My daughter and I got to see one of his live performances in person. Words cannot express what we both felt listening to him. There will never be another Pavarotti.
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silvio.perre l l a
when he sings a tear comes to my eye. the best I ever heard
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Luciano Pavarotti of Modena Italy 12 Oct. 1935 - 05 Sept. 2007 Nessen dorma even for great men Enri. We can be grateful for the time we had together and for what he left us.
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The One & only Luciano Pavarotti!!! ! ! so missed......
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I would like to hear more from Pavarotti coming from his station.
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What a pair of lungs! Amazing.
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The world has lost perhaps it's greatest voice. He was bigger than life. His voice beautiful, clear and seemingly effortless
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Such a magnificent voice!!!
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THE BEST,MOST PASSIONATE MUSICIAN EVER!!!
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one of the best voices ever
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bravo!!!!!!! !
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Oh my gosh!!! I need a hankie.
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Pavarotti was on the Johnny Show; my husband called me into the room to listen to him sing. We both loved his voice and brought a lot of his albums. When Pavarotti passed away, we felted that we lost one of our family members. My husband passed away last year and we taped Pavarotti music to play at the viewing of my husband.
Now both can meet in heaven. God bless them.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.

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Mama mia, what an incredible voice.
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Pandora is calling this Forever but it is Pavarotti's signature song, Nessun dorma! (sleep is necessary) From Puccini's Turandot. DMB
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I saw Luciano on Johnny Carson one night and what a beautyful, humble and playful spirit he was. His english was broken but you still had no problem duplicating him. He made the point that his talent was just his ability to hollar real good. I miss Pavarotti but am greatful for the body of work he left us and Pandora's holding it in trust and making it availible. There has never been anyone before him and will never be again. (I'm a retired truck driver and hell, I never liked opera. So I'm
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how do I select just Pavarotti?
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miss his voice, but although I continue to miss him as a person , my aim was improving , I feel for his ex wife and manager , for over 35 years whom he ditched for a bimbo half his age . His music didn't save him from self destructing personally
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like all kinds of music ,but Pavarotti moves my soul
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One of my most memorable life experiences (& I'm 83) was hearing he & Marie Freenie singing some of the most popular arias together @ the Met. You allways knew when he was singing. He is sorely missed.
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gunnysam8541
Pavarotti was an amazing talent. His voice is missed
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labonviee
As a many season ticket holder of the San Fran Opera I was fortunate to see him sing in person (La Boheme, Tosca, Aida,) etc..... He was a grand presence on stage, and had a voice that was incomparable , but the waiters in North Beach and many of the classy Italians Restaurants thought he was a boor...... They did love Domingo though.
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i had never heard him sing till tonight.i had always heard of pavarotti but id never taken the time to look him up on pandora. and im not ashamed to say that i cried when forever came on. AMAZING!
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Always my favorite ....so beautiful and calming....
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elenamario
the best tenor in the world!!!!! tanks
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he never fails to move me. I remember the first time I heard him. I was about 10 and my father was watching him on television. I sat down and didn't get up until the show was over. I was mesmerized and hooked! Thank you, dad for the incredible gift of Pavarotti
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