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The Ultimate Tenor - Luciano Pavarotti

Classical Academy | Performers


One of the finest and most popular tenors of the 20th century, Luciano Pavarotti, He began his long professional career in 1961 in Italy, where the beauty and brilliance of the upper register of his voice gained him much admiration. He soon took roles in leading opera houses across Europe and America and is particularly recognized for some stunning performances in Verdi's operas pre-Aida and Puccini works from La Tosca to Madame Butterfly.


As a young child, Pavarotti had the same aspirations as any other Italian boy - to be a footballer. The influence of his father's record collection (he a baker and amateur tenor himself) soon introduced him to music and he began going to Mario Lanza movies in his teens, imitating him in the mirror when he got back home.


His first appearance as Tonio in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment took place at London's Covent Garden Royal Opera House in 1966. His performances in this difficult role won him the nickname "King of the High Cs".


Celebrate Pavarotti's mastery of tenor arias on this album including some of his classic aria performances.