Personalities | Luciano Pavarotti | Modern Era | Opera

1935–2007, Italian

Pavarotti became a commodity that often belies his profound vocal gifts as one of the greatest-ever tenors. His career commenced as soon as he began to sing, for he possessed an extraordinary, effortless voice with ringing high notes. Early roles such as Rodolfo (La bohème) and Tonio (La fille du régiment) amounted to near vocal perfection. Enticed by heavier repertoire, Pavarotti would eventually lose the thrilling sparkle of his earlier years; it is his performances recorded during the 1970s that stand out. In his later years, his worldwide fame was promoted via stadium appearances and as a member of the ‘Three Tenors’, together with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras.

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