Personalities | Luciano Pavarotti | Contemporary | Classical

Italian tenor

After winning the international competition at the Teatro Reggio Emilia in 1961, Pavarotti made his debut there as Rodolfo (La bohème), the role of his Covent Garden debut in 1963. In 1964 he sang Idamante (Idomeneo) at Glyndebourne. His many roles at Covent Garden included Tonio in La fille du régiment (‘The Daughter of the Regiment’), Verdi’s Alfredo, Gustavus and Radames, Cavaradossi (Tosca), and Donizetti’s Nemorino. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1968 as Rodolfo. In later years he reached a wide audience through his concert appearances as one of the ‘Three Tenors’.

Sounds Familiar

‘Nessun Dorma’
When Italy hosted football’s World Cup in 1990, they chose ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Puccini’s Turandot as its theme. Pavarotti, long a football fan, suggested to his fellow tenors Domingo and Carreras that they perform together; the resulting Three Tenors concert earned them superstar status.

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