The Young Pavarotti and His Operas.
The Young Pavarotti: Great Operas.
Pavarotti 1 & 2. Andrea Bocelli, Plácid. uccini: Manon Lescaut. Andrea Bocelli, Steve. erdi: Il Trovatore. Romantic Tenors: Carreras. osé Carreras.
According to Pavarotti, his father had a fine tenor voice but rejected the possibility of a singing career because of nervousness. World War II forced the family out of the city in 1943. For the following year they rented a single room from a farmer in the neighbouring countryside, where the young Pavarotti developed an interest in farming. After abandoning the dream of becoming a football goalkeeper, Pavarotti spent seven years in vocal training.
When a young Pavarotti appeared at the Royal Opera as Tonio in 1966, starring opposite his friend Joan Sutherland, the audience went absolutely wild for the life-affirming joy which the tenor brought to this role, and – of course – for those nine top Cs. The cast later trooped over to the recording studio, and thus we can still hear what it was that sent those audiences into such a tizz in La Fille Du Regiment, one of the best Pavarotti and Donizetti operas. Lucia Di Lammermoor, one of the best Pavarotti and Donizetti operas, is based on the historical novel The Bride Of Lammermoor by Walter Scott. The grim plot, which tells of a young woman driven insane by the machinations of her tyrannical brother, offers Donizetti the chance to put his foot down on the tragic throttle.
Read our guide to the essential Pavarotti and Verdi operas, a match made in heaven, featuring ‘Rigoletto’, ‘Il Trovatore’, ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Aida’. Pavarotti made four recordings of the opera over the course of his career, and is splendid in all of them. But for my money, the earliest, from 1971 shows him at his best. He captures all the boyish charm, egotistical ease, and selfish glamour of the Duke and, just as the composer intended, forces you thrill to his unbridled energy. It doesn’t hurt either that the recording features Joan Sutherland as the heroine. As well as being superb in the role, she was one of the first artists to spot Pavarotti’s potential at the beginning of his career, and gave him several important opportunities.
Luciano Pavarotti (October 12, 1935 – September 6, 2007) was an Italian tenor and one of the most popular contemporary vocal performers in the world. He not only sang in opera but also in other kinds of music. Known for his televised concerts, media appearances, and as one of the "Three Tenors" (the other two were Plácido Domingo and José Carreras).