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Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
12th October 1935 - 6th September 2007

Luciano Pavarotti was born on 12th October 1935 on the outskirts of Modena, Emilia Romagna, Italy. His father Fernando was a baker and his mother, Adele Venturi, worked in a cigar factory. The family was poor and the four of them (Luciano had a younger sister called Lella) lived in a two room apartment. Fernando Pavarotti was a talented tenor but suffered from nerves so only ever sang as an amateur and never took it up as a career.

During World War II the family were forced to leave the city and headed into the nearby countryside where they rented a single room from a local farmer. While they were living there Luciano developed a keen interest in farming.


Luciano Pavarotti as a baby

Although poor, Luciano Pavarotti enjoyed a very normal and happy childhood and like most young boys had a great love for sport, especially football. His love of music developed initially by listening to recordings his father had of Beniamino Gigli, Giovanni Martinelli, Tito Schipa and Enrico Caruso who were all popular tenors at that time. When he was nine years old he joined the small local choir with his father. During his teenage years he regularly went to the cinema to watch Mario Lanza movies and then when he came home he would imitate him in the mirror. When he finished school he wanted to be a goalkeeper but his mother persuaded him otherwise and he trained to be a teacher instead.

He taught for two years but then decided to follow a musical career instead, although his father thought it was a risk and was reluctant to give his consent. Pavarotti began to study music seriously in 1954 (aged 19) and was taught in Modena by Arrigo Pola who was not only a well-respected teacher but also a professional tenor. Arrigo Pola taught Luciano Pavarotti without ever charging any fees.

Pavarotti joined a male voice choir in Modena and in 1955 the choir won first prize at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. He said that this was the most important experience of his life and the thing which inspired him to become a professional singer.

Arrigo Pola moved to Japan so Pavarotti became a student of Ettore Camogalliani. Mirella Freni, an old childhood friend, was also studying under Camogalliani and she and Pavarotti went on to share the stage on numerous occasions and to make many recordings together.

Pavarotti had to support himself while he was studying and continued to work as a teacher for a while and then later as an insurance salesman. After six years of hard work and study he had only performed at a few recitals in small towns, all without pay. He developed a nodule on his vocal chords and after giving a disastrous concert in the Italian town of Ferrara he made the decision to give up singing. This decision seemed to trigger some kind of miracle and the nodule disappeared after which his voice was much improved. Pavarotti said "Everything I had learned came together with my natural voice to make the sound I had been struggling so hard to achieve". During this period he met his first wife Adua Veroni and they married in 1961.

In the same year he made his first significant appearance as Rodolfo in 'La Bohème' at the Teatro Municipale in Reggio Emilia. Several other appearances in small, regional Italian opera houses were followed by his first international appearance in 'La Traviata' in Belgrade. This was quickly followed by performances at the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House in London.


Pavarotti singing with Joan Sutherland in 1976

His really big break came in 1963 when Joan Sutherland, along with her conductor husband, Richard Bonynge, were looking for a young tenor to take on tour with them to Australia. One important factor was that the tenor would have to taller than Joan Sutherland and Pavarotti's large physique fitted the bill perfectly. The Australian tour went ahead with a staggering forty performances in two months. Later, Pavarotti gave Joan Sutherland the credit for his breathing technique that would sustain him throughout his career.


Pavarotti in concert - Photo: Mario Manias

In 1965 he made his American debut in Miami with Joan Sutherland and in the same year he made his first appearance at La Scala in 'La Bohème' with Mirella Freni.

Luciano Pavarotti went on to become one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time and managed to cross over into popular music gaining worldwide fame. As one of the Three Tenors he bought opera to a wide audience and used his fame and fortune to reach out and help the less fortunate through his charity work. He was deservedly classed as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century.


Pavarotti in Saint Petersburg

After 34 years of marriage he divorced his first wife, with whom he had three daughters. In 2003 he married his former personal assistant Nicoletta Mantovani. The couple already had a daughter and they had a second child, a son, who did not survive due to complications at birth.

Luciano Pavarotti died from pancreatic cancer on 6 September 2007, aged 71.

Pavarotti Recordings
Favourite Italian Arias (1966)
5 Arias from La Bohème, Tosca & Rigoletto

Luciano Pavarotti tenor

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor: Sir Edward Downes


Bellini - Beatrice di Tenda (1966)

Filippo Maria Visconti - Cornelius Opthof
Beatrice di Tenda - Joan Sutherland
Agnese del Maino - Josephine Veasey
Orombello - Luciano Pavarotti
Anichino - Joseph Ward
Rizzardo del Maino - Joseph Ward

Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Donizetti - La Fille du régiment (1967)

Marie - Joan Sutherland
Tonio - Luciano Pavarotti
La Marquise de Berkenfield - Monica Sinclair
Hortensius - Jules Bruyère
Sulpice - Spiro Malas
Le Caporal - Eric Garrett
La Duchesse de Crakentorp - Edith Coates
Un paysan - Alan Jones
Un notaire - Omar Gorde

Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Verdi - Messa da Requiem (1967)

Joan Sutherland - Soprano
Marilyn Horne - Mezzo-soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Martti Talvela - Bass

Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti


Arias by Verdi & Donizetti (1968)
Arias from Luisa Miller, I due Foscari, Un ballo in maschera, Macbeth, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il duca d'Alba, La favorita & Don Sebastiano

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Wiener Opernorchester
Conductor: Sir Edward Downes


Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (1968)

Die Feldmarschallin - Régine Crespin
Oktavian - Yvonne Minton
Baron Ochs von Lerchenau - Manfred Jungwirth
Sophie - Helen Donath
Herr von Faninal - Otto Wiener
Ein Sänger - Luciano Pavarotti
Annina - Anne Howells
Valzacchi - Murray Dickie
Leitmetzerin - Emmy Loose
Ein Polizeikommissar - Herbert Lackner
Der Haushofmeister der Feldmarschallin - Hubert Prikopa
Der Haushofmeister bei Faninal - Kurt Equiluz
Ein Notar - Alfred Jerger
Ein Wirt - Anton Dermota

Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti


Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore (1970)

Adina - Joan Sutherland
Nemorino - Luciano Pavarotti
Belcore - Dominic Cossa
Dulcamara - Spiro Malas
Giannetta - Maria Casula

Ambrosian Opera Chorus
English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Verdi - Un ballo in maschera (1970)

Riccardo - Luciano Pavarotti
Renato - Sherrill Milnes
Amelia - Renata Tebaldi
Ulrica - Regina Resnik
Oscar - Helen Donath
Silvano - José van Dam
Samuel - Leonardo Monreale
Tom - Nicolas Christou
Judge - Pier Francesco Poli
Servant- Mario Alessandrini

Orchestra e coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti


Verdi - Macbeth (1970)

Macbeth - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Banco - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Lady Macbeth - Elena Souliotis
Macduff - Luciano Pavarotti
Malcolm - Riccardo Cassinelli
Lady Macbeth's Attendant - Helen Lawrence
Doctor - Raymond Myers
Macbeth's Servant - John Noble
Assassin - Leslie Fyson
Herald - David Reed
Apparitions - John Noble, Andrew Dance, Peter Marsland

Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli


Rossini - Stabat Mater (1970)

Pilar Lorengar - Soprano
Yvonne Minton - Mezzo-soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Hans Sotin - Bass

London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: István Kertész


Tenor Arias from Italian Opera (1971)
Arias from Guglielmo Tell, I puritani, Il trovatore, L'arlesiana, La Bohème, Mefistofele, Don Pasquale, La Gioconda & Maristella

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Arleen Auger - Soprano
Gildis Flossmann - Soprano
Peter Baillie - Tenor
Reid Bunger - Bass
Herbert Lackner - Bass

New Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Leone Magiera


Verdi - Rigoletto (1971)

Il Duca di Mantova - Luciano Pavarotti
Rigoletto - Sherrill Milnes
Gilda - Joan Sutherland
Sparafucile - Martti Talvela
Maddalena - Huguette Tourangeau
Giovanna - Gillian Knight
Il Conte di Monterone - Clifford Grant
Marullo - Christian du Plessis
Borsa - Riccardo Cassinelli
Il Conte di Ceprano - John Gibbs
La Contessa Ceprano - Kiri Te Kanawa
Usciere di corte - John Noble
Paggio della Duchessa - Josephte Clément

London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor (1971)

Lucia - Joan Sutherland
Lord Enrico Ashton - Sherrill Milnes
Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood - Luciano Pavarotti
Raimondo - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Lord Arturo Bucklaw - Ryland Davies
Normanno Pier - Francesco Poli
Alisa - Huguette Tourangeau

Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Puccini - Turandot (1972)

Turandot - Joan Sutherland
Calaf - Luciano Pavarotti
Liù - Montserrat Caballé
Timur - Nicolai Ghiaurov
L'Imperatore Altoum - Peter Pears
Ping - Tom Krause
Pang - Pier Francesco Poli
Pong - Piero de Palma
Un mandarino - Sabin Markov
Il Principe di Persia - Pier Francesco Poli

John Alldis Choir
Wandsworth School Boys' Choir

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Zubin Mehta


Puccini - La Bohème (1972)

Mimì - Mirella Freni
Rodolfo - Luciano Pavarotti
Musetta - Elizabeth Harwood
Marcello - Rolando Panerai
Colline - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Schaunard - Gianni Maffeo
Benoit/Alcindoro - Michel Sénéchal
Parpignol - Gernot Pietsch
Sergente dei doganieri - Hans-Dieter Appelt
Doganiere - Hans-Dietrich Pohl

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan


Bellini - I puritani (1973)

Elvira - Joan Sutherland
Lord Gualtiero Valton - Gian Carlo Luccardi
Sir Giorgio Valton - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Lord Arturo Talbo - Luciano Pavarotti
Sir Riccardo Forth - Piero Cappuccilli
Sir Bruno Roberton - Renato Cazzaniga
Enrichetta di Francia - Anita Caminada

London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


The World's Favourite Tenor Arias (1973)
E lucevan le stelle (Tosca)
La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Carmen)
Se quel guerrier io fossi … Celeste Aida (Aida)
Quel trouble inconnu … Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (Faust)
Recitar! ... Vesti la giubba (Pagliacci)
M'apparì (Martha)

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Wiener Volksoper Orchester
Conductor: Leone Magiera

New Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Pavarotti in Concert (1973)
Items by Bononcini, Handel, Scarlatti, Bellini, Tosti, Respighi & Rossini

Luciano Pavarotti - tenor

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor:Richard Bonynge


Puccini - Madama Butterfly (1974)

Madama Butterfly - Mirella Freni
B.F. Pinkerton - Luciano Pavarotti
Goro - Michel Sénéchal
Suzuki - Christa Ludwig
Sharpless - Robert Kerns
Il commissario imperiale - Hans Helm
Lo zio Bonzo - Marius Rintzler
Yakuside - Wolfgang Schneider
Il principe Yamadori - Giorgio Stendoro
Kate Pinkerton - Elke Schary
L'ufficiale del registro - Siegfried Rudolf Frese
La madre di Cio-Cio-San - Evamaria Hurdes
La zia di Cio-Cio-San - Erna Maria Mühlberger
La cugina di Cio-Cio-San - Martha Heigl

Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan


Donizetti - La favorita (1974)

Alfonso - Gabriel Bacquier
Leonora - Fiorenza Cossotto
Fernando - Luciano Pavarotti
Baldassare - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Don Gasparo - Piero de Palma
Ines - Ileana Cotrubas
Un cortigiano - Bruno de Franceschi

Orchestra e coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Donizetti - Maria Stuarda (1974)

Maria Stuarda - Joan Sutherland
Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra - Huguette Tourangeau
Roberto, conte di Leicester - Luciano Pavarotti
Giorgio Talbot - Roger Soyer
Lord Guglielmo Cecil, Gran Tesoriere - James Morris
Anna Kennedy, nutrice di Maria - Margreta Elkins

Orchestra e coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Verdi - Luisa Miller (1975)

Il conte di Walter - Bonaldo Giaiotti
Rodolfo - Luciano Pavarotti
Federico - Anna Reynolds
Wurm - Richard van Allan
Miller - Sherrill Milnes
Luisa - Montserrat Caballé
Laura - Annette Céline
Un contadino - Fernando Pavarotti

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor:Peter Maag


O Holy Night (1976)
Songs and carols by Adam, Stradella, Franck, Mercadante, Schubert, Bach/Gounod, Bizet, Berlioz, Yon & Melichar

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
London Voices

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kurt Herbert Adler


Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana (1976)

Turiddu - Luciano Pavarotti
Santuzza - Julia Varady
Lucia - Ida Bormida
Alfio - Piero Capuccilli
Lola - Carmen Gonzales

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni


Operatic Recital — Pavarotti & Ricciarelli 'Live' (1976)
Arias and duets from La traviata, Aida, Macbeth, La forza del destino, I lombardi, Il corsaro, Falstaff & Otello

Katia Ricciarelli - Soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma
Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè


Operatic Recital — Pavarotti & Freni 'Live' (1976)
Arias and duets from La traviata, Werther, I vespri siciliani, La Gioconda, La Fille du régiment, L'elisir d'amore, L'Africaine, Mefistofele & L'amico Fritz

Mirella Freni - Soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Orchestra dell'Ater
Conductor: Leone Magiera


Verdi - Il trovatore (1977)

Manrico - Luciano Pavarotti
Il Conte di Luna - Ingvar Wixell
Ferrando - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Leonora - Joan Sutherland
Azucena - Marilyn Horne
Ruiz - Graham Clark
Ines - Norma Burrowes
Un vecchio zingaro - Peter Knapp
Un messo - Wynford Evans

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Operatic Duets (1977)
Duets from La traviata, La sonnambula, Linda di Chamounix, Otello & Aida

Joan Sutherland - Soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Elizabeth Connell - Mezzo-soprano
Jacquelyn Fugelle - Soprano

London Opera Chorus
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Bizet (1977)
Au fond du temple saint
From Les Pêcheurs de perles

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Nicolai Ghiaurov - Bass

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Robin Stapleton


Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (1977)

Canio - Luciano Pavarotti
Nedda - Mirella Freni
Silvio - Lorenzo Saccomani
Tonio - Ingvar Wixell
Beppe - Vincenzo Bello
Contadini - Pacho Panocia, Fernando Pavarotti

Finchley Children's Music Group
London Voices

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè


Le Grandi Voci dell'Arena di Verona Vol.2 'Live' (1977)
Una furtiva lagrima & Nessun dorma!

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Orchestra del Teatro Arena di Verona
Conductor: Armando Gatto


Rossini - Petite Messe solennelle (1977)

Mirella Freni - Soprano
Lucia Valentini-Terrani - Mezzo-soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Ruggero Raimondi - Bass

Coro polifonico del Teatro alla Scala
Leone Magiera piano
Vittorio Rosetta harmonium

Conductor: Romano Gandolfi


Puccini - Tosca (1978)

Floria Tosca - Mirella Freni
Mario Cavaradossi - Luciano Pavarotti
Il barone Scarpia - Sherrill Milnes
Cesare Angelotti - Richard van Allan
Il sagrestano - Italo Tajo
Spoletta - Michel Sénéchal
Sciarrone - Paul Hudson
Un carceriere - John Tomlinson
Un pastore - Walter Baratti

Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
London Opera Chorus

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno


Donizetti - Requiem (1979)

Viorica Cortez - Contralto
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Renato Bruson - Baritone
Paolo Washington - Bass

Orchestra e coro dell'Arena di Verona
Conductor: Gerhard Fackler


'O sole mio / Favourite Neapolitan Songs (1979)
13 songs by Tosti, Cannio, Gambardella, Anon, Pennino, D'Annibale, Tagliaferri, De Curtis, Di Capua & Denza

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Anton Guadagno

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello


Rossini - Guglielmo Tell (1979)

Guglielmo Tell - Sherrill Milnes
Arnoldo - Luciano Pavarotti
Matilde - Mirella Freni
Gualtiero - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Melchthal - John Tomlinson
Jemmy - Della Jones
Edwige - Elizabeth Connell
Un pescatore - Cesar Antonio Suarez
Leutoldo - Richard van Allan
Gessler - Ferruccio Mazzoli
Rodolfo - Piero de Palma
Un cacciatore - John Noble

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly


Verismo Arias (1979)
Arias from Fedora, Mefistofele, Adriana Lecouvreur, Iris, L'Africaine, Werther, La fanciulla del West, Manon Lescaut & Andrea Chénier

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Neil Howlett - Bass

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly (Chénier arias)


Verdi - La traviata (1979)

Violetta Valéry - Joan Sutherland
Alfredo Germont - Luciano Pavarotti
Giorgio Germont - Matteo Manuguerra
Flora Bervoix - Della Jones
Annina - Marjon Lambriks
Gastone - Alexander Oliver
Barone Douphol - Jonathan Summers
Marchese d'Obigny - John Tomlinson
Dottore Grenvil - Giorgio Taddei
Giuseppe - Ubaldo Gardini
Commissionario - William Elvin
Domestico di Flora - David Wilson-Johnson

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Bellini - La sonnambula (1980)

Amina - Joan Sutherland
Elvino - Luciano Pavarotti
Il conte Rodolfo - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Teresa - Della Jones
Lisa - Isobel Buchanan
Alessio - John Tomlinson
Un notaro - Piero de Palma

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Ponchielli - La Gioconda (1980)

La Gioconda - Montserrat Caballé
La Cieca - Alfreda Hodgson
Enzo Grimaldo - Luciano Pavarotti
Alvise Badoero - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Laura - Agnes Baltsa
Barnaba - Sherrill Milnes
Zuane - John Del Carlo
Isepo - Regolo Romani
Pilota / Prima voce dalla laguna - Neil Jenkins
Seconda voce dalla laguna - Geoffrey Shaw
Cantore - Stephen Varcoe
Barnabotto - Rodney Macann

Finchley Children's Music Group
London Opera Chorus

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti


Boito - Mefistofele (1980)

Mefistofele - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Faust - Luciano Pavarotti
Margherita - Mirella Freni
Marta - Nucci Condò
Wagner - Piero de Palma
Elena - Montserrat Caballé
Pantalis - Della Jones
Nereo - Robin Leggate

Trinity Boys' Choir
London Opera Chorus

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis


Live from Lincoln Center (1981)
Arias, duets and trios from Ernani, Norma, La Bohème, La Gioconda, I Masnadieri, La donna del lago, Otello, Il Trovatore & Beatrice di Tenda

Joan Sutherland - Soprano
Marilyn Horne - Mezzo-soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Jake Gardner - Baritone

New York City Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Yes, Giorgio (soundtrack) (1982)
Arias from L'elisir d'amore, Rigoletto, La Gioconda, Manon Lescaut & Turandot. Songs by Leoncavallo, Gambardella, Di Capua, Schubert & Cor

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Leona Mitchell - Soprano
David Romano - Baritone
Orchestra
Emerson Buckley
Michael J Lewis


Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall 'Live' (1982)
Arias from Tosca, Macbeth, I lombardi, Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor, L'arlesiana & Turandot and one song by De Curtis

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kurt Herbert Adler


Verdi - Un ballo in maschera (1982)

Riccardo - Luciano Pavarotti
Renato - Renato Bruson
Amelia - Margaret Price
Ulrica - Christa Ludwig
Oscar - Kathleen Battle
Silvano - Peter Weber
Samuel - Robert Lloyd
Tom - Malcolm King
Judge - Alexander Oliver
Servant Peter Hall

Royal College of Music Junior Department Chorus
London Opera Chorus

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti


Mattinata (1982)
14 songs by Caldara, Ciampi, Bellini, Giordani, Rossini, Gluck, Tosti, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Beethoven & Durante

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Piero Gamba
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Antonio Tonini


Giordano - Andrea Chénier (1982)

Andrea Chénier - Luciano Pavarotti
Maddalena - Montserrat Caballé
Carlo Gérard - Leo Nucci
Incredibile - Piero de Palma
Contessa de Coigny - Astrid Varnay
Madelon - Christa Ludwig
Bersi - Kathleen Kuhlmann
Roucher - Tom Krause
Pietro Fléville - Hugues Cuénod
Fouquier-Tinville / Majordomo - Neil Howlett
Mathieu - Giorgio Tadeo
Abbé - Florindo Andreolli
Schmidt - Giuseppe Morresi
Dumas - Ralph Hamer
News-boy - Carlo Tadeo

Chorus of the Welsh National Opera

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly


Mozart - Idomeneo (1983)

Idomeneo - Luciano Pavarotti
Idamante - Agnes Baltsa
Ilia - Lucia Popp
Elettra - Edita Gruberová
Arbace - Leo Nucci
Gran sacerdote di Nettuno - Timothy Jenkins
La voce - Nikita Storojew
Trojan Men - Yoshihisa Yamaji, Nikolaus Hillebrand
Cretan Women - Gabriele Fontana, Margaretha Hintermeier

Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Sir John Pritchard


Mamma (1984)
Songs by Bixio, De Curtis, Buzzi-Peccia, Gastaldon, Cesarini, Kramer, Rivi, D'Anzi, Di Lazzaro, De Crescenzo, Martuzzi, Califano & Arona arranged by Henry Mancini

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Chorus & Orchestra
Conductor: Henry Mancini


Bellini - Norma (1984)

Norma - Joan Sutherland
Pollione - Luciano Pavarotti
Adalgisa - Montserrat Caballé
Oroveso - Samuel Ramey
Clotilde - Diana Montague
Flavio - Kim Begley

Orchestra and Chorus of the Welsh National Opera
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Passione (1985)
12 songs by Valente & Tagliaferri, Costa, Nardella, Fusco, De Curtis, Di Capua, Mario, Lama & Cardillo

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello


Verdi - Aida (1986)

Aida - Maria Chiara
Amneris - Ghena Dimitrova
Radamèsv - Luciano Pavarotti
Amonasro - Leo Nucci
Ramfis - Paata Burchuladze
Il re - Luigi Roni
Un messaggero - Ernesto Gavazzi
Sacerdotessa - Madelyn Renée

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
Conductor:Lorin Maazel


Verdi - Ernani (1987)

Ernani - Luciano Pavarotti
Elvira - Joan Sutherland
Carlo - Leo Nucci
Silva - Paata Burchuladze
Giovanna - Linda McLeod
Riccardo - Richard Morton
Jago - Alastair Miles

Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Volare (1987)
16 songs by Modugno & Treppiedi, Denza, Bixio, Sibella, D'Anzi, Bonagura, Pavarotti, Mascheroni, De Curtis, Ruccione, Mascagni & Ferilli - arranged by Henry Mancini

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Henry Mancini
Conductor: Adalberto Tonini


Pavarotti at Carnegie Hall 'Live' (1987)
Songs by Scarlatti, Stradella, Schubert, Guida, Liszt, Tosti & Sibella and arias from Martha, Il duca d'Alba, Rigoletto & Eteocle e Polinice

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

John Wustman - Piano


Berlioz - Requiem (1989)

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: James Levine


Verdi - Rigoletto (1989)

Il duca di Mantova - Luciano Pavarotti
Rigoletto - Leo Nucci
Gilda - June Anderson
Sparafucile - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Maddalena - Shirley Verrett
Giovanna - Vitalba Mosca
Il Conte di Monterone - Natale de Carolis
Marullo - Roberto Scaltriti
Borsa - Piero de Palma
Il Conte di Ceprano - Carlo de Bortoli
La Contessa Ceprano - Anna Caterina Antonacci
Usciere di corte - Orazio Mori
Paggio della Duchessa - Marilena Laurenza

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly


Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore (1989)

Adina - Kathleen Battle
Nemorino - Luciano Pavarotti
Belcore - Leo Nucci
Dulcamara - Enzo Dara
Giannetta - Dawn Upshaw

Orchestra and Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Conductor: James Levine


Carreras, Domingo & Pavarotti in Concert '3 Tenors' (1990)
Arias from L'arlesiana, L'Africaine, Tosca, Das Land des Lächelns, La tabernera del puerto, Andrea Chénier & Turandot. Songs by De Crescenzo, Cardillo, De Curtis, Lara, Bernstein & Lloyd Webber

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
José Carreras - Tenor
Plácido Domingo - Tenor

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Conductor: Zubin Mehta


Verdi - Il trovatore (1990)

Manrico - Luciano Pavarotti
Il Conte di Luna - Leo Nucci
Ferrando - Francesco Ellero d'Artegna
Leonora - Antonella Banaudi
Azucena - Shirley Verrett
Ruiz - Piero de Palma
Ines - Barbara Frittoli
Un vecchio zingaro - Roberto Scaltriti
Un messo - Enrico Facini

Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Conductor: Zubin Mehta


Verdi - Otello (1991)

Otello - Luciano Pavarotti
Desdemona - Kiri Te Kanawa
Jago Leo Nucci
Cassio - Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Emilia - Elzbieta Ardam
Lodovico - Dimitri Kavrakos
Montano - Alan Opie
Roderigo John Keyes
Herald - Richard Cohn

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti


Verdi - La traviata (1991)

Violetta Valéry - Cheryl Studer
Alfredo Germont - Luciano Pavarotti
Giorgio Germont - Juan Pons
Flora Bervoix - Wendy White
Annina - Sondra Kelly
Gastone - Anthony Laciura
Barone Douphol - Bruno Pola
Marchese d'Obigny - Jeffrey Wells
Dottore Grenvil - Julien Robbins
Giuseppe - John Hanriot
Commissionario - Mitchell Sendrowitz
Domestico di Flora - Ross Crolius

Orchestra and Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Conductor: James Levine


Pavarotti in Hyde Park 'Live' (1991)
Arias from L'Africaine, I lombardi, Luisa Miller, Werther, Tosca. Pagliacci, Manon Lescaut & Turandot. Songs by Bixio, De Curtis & Di Capua

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Leone Magiera


Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (1992)

Canio - Luciano Pavarotti
Nedda - Daniela Dessì
Silvio - Paolo Coni
Tonio - Juan Pons
Beppe - Ernesto Gavazzi

Philadelphia Boys' Choir
Westminster Symphonic Choir

Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Muti


Puccini - Manon Lescaut (1992)

Manon Lescaut - Mirella Freni
Des Grieux - Luciano Pavarotti
Lescaut - Dwayne Croft
Geronte - Giuseppe Taddei
Edmondo - Ramón Vargas
Un musico - Cecilia Bartoli
Il maestro di ballo - Anthony Laciura
L'oste / Un comandante - Federico Davià
Il sergente - James Courtney
Un lampionaio - Paul Groves

Orchestra and Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Conductor: James Levine


Pavarotti & Friends 1 'Live' (1992)
Songs by Franck, Zucchero, Dalla and 1 aria from Rigoletto With Sting, Zucchero, Neville Brothers, Aaron Neville, Suzanne Vega, Mike Oldfield, Brian May, Bob Geldof & Patricia Kaas

Orchestra da Camera Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor: Aldo Sisilli


Verdi - Rigoletto (1993)

Il Duca di Mantova - Luciano Pavarotti
Rigoletto - Vladimir Chernov
Gilda - Cheryl Studer
Sparafucile - Roberto Scandiuzzi
Maddalena - Denyce Graves
Giovanna - Jane Shaulis
Il Conte di Monterone - Ildebrando d'Arcangelo
Marullo - Dwayne Croft
Borsa - Paul Groves
Il Conte di Ceprano - Yannis Yannissis
La Contessa Ceprano - Heidi Grant Murphy
Usciere di corte - Robert Maher
Paggio della Duchessa - Elyssa Lindner

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Conductor: James Levine


Pavarotti in Central Park 'Live' (1993)
Arias from Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor, L'arlesiana, Werther, Tosca & Turandot. Songs by Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Bixio, Ellington, Bridges, Di Lazzaro, Sibella, Denza, Bizet/Borne, De Crescenzo & Di Capua

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Andrea Griminelli - Flute
The Boys' Choir of Harlem

Members of the New York Philharmonic
Conductor: Leone Magiera


My Heart's Delight 'Live' (1993)
Arias from Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Gianni Schicchi, La Bohème, Cavalleria rusticana, Carmen, L'amico Fritz, Die lustige Witwe, Das Land des Lächelns, Porgy & Bess, Manon Lescaut & La traviata and songs by Lara, Bixio and Di Capua

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Nuccia Focile - Soprano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Maurizio Benini


Pavarotti & Friends 2 'Live' (1994)
Songs by Di Lazzaro, Mancini, Mario, Morante, Di Capua, Pavarotti/Benvenuti, Kamen and duets from Lucia di Lammermoor & La traviata

With Nancy Gustafson, Andrea Bocelli, Andreas Vollenweider, Bryan Adams & Giorgia

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Leone Magiera


Pavarotti Plus 'Live' (1995)
Arias, duets & ensembles from Tosca, Il trovatore, La traviata, La forza del destino, Macbeth, Otello, La Bohème, I lombardi & Manon Lescaut

Nuccia Focile - Soprano
Kallen Esperian - Soprano
Natalie Dessay - Soprano
Dolora Zajick - Mezzo-soprano
Leah-Marian Jones - Mezzo-soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Giuseppe Sabbatini - Tenor
Piero Cappuccilli - Baritone
Leo Nucci - Baritone
Dwayne Croft - Baritone
Francesco Ellero d'Artegna - Bass

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leone Magiera

Verdi - Inno delle nazioni 'Hymn of the Nations' (1995)

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Philharmonia Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: James Levine


Pavarotti & Friends together for the Children of Bosnia (Live)
Songs by Cherubini/Centonze, Duran Duran. U2/Eno, Zucchero, De Curtis, Schubert, Denza and arias from Turandot & Pagliacci

With Zucchero, Jovanotti, Nenad Bach, Simon Le Bon, Gam Gam, Brian Eno, Bono, The Edge, Dolores O'Riordan, Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton & The Chieftains

London Voices
Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano

Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino
Conductor: Michael Kamen
Conductor: Marco Armiliato


Pavarotti & Friends for War Child 'Live' (1996)
Songs by Clapton, Kander/Ebb, Ligabue, Bach/Gounod, Lara, Yon & John/Taupin and a duet from Don Giovanni

With Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Joan Osborne, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Zucchero, Ligabue, Jon Secada, The Kelly Family, Litfiba, Solis Quartet & Edoardo Bennato

East London Gospel Choir

Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Conductor: José Molina


Verdi - I lombardi (1996)

Arvino - Richard Leech
Pagano - Samuel Ramey
Viclinda - Patricia Racette
Giselda - June Anderson
Pirro - Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Un priore - Anthony Dean Griffey
Acciano - Yanni Yannissis
Oronte - Luciano Pavarotti
Sofia - Jane Shaulis
v Orchestra and Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Conductor: James Levine


Mascagni - Suzel buon dì 'from L'amico Fritz' (1997)

Cecilia Bartoli - Mezzo-soprano
Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly


Live Recital (1997)
Songs by Beethoven, Bellini, Tosti & Donizetti and arias from Rigoletto, L'arlesiana, L'elisir d'amore, Tosca, L'onestà negli amori & Griselda

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
Leone Magiera - Piano


Pavarotti & Friends for the children of Liberia 'Live' (1998)
ì Songs by Bon Jovi/Centonze/Giannetti, Testa, Cannio, Ramazotti/Cassano/Cogliati, Stanard/ Centonze/Spice Girls, Daniele, De Curtis, Bernstein, Wade, Stevie Wonder and a chorus from Nabucco

With Bon Jovi, Spice Girls, Trisha Yearwood, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, The Corrs, Vanessa Williams, Pino Daniele, Florent Pagny, Natalie Cole & Zucchero

Liberian Children's Choir
Corale Voci Bianche

Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino
Conductor: Marco Boemi
Conductor: John Mole


The 3 Tenors 1998 (1998)
Arias from Maristella, Fedora, El gato montés, Black Orpheus, La del soto del Parral, Carousel and Turandot. Songs by Lara, Grieg, Domingo Jr, Dalla, Giraud, Di Capua, Bixio, De Curtis, D'Hardelot, Cannio, Osman, Buzzi-Peccia, Schubert, Falvo & Cardillo

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor
José Carreras - Tenor
Plácido Domingo - Tenor

Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: James Levine

Pavarotti & Friends for Guatemala & Kosovo 'Live' (1999)
Songs by Carey/Afanasieff, Bixio, Lloyd Webber, Richie/Bergman/Afanasieff, Di Capua, Hawkins/ Darnell, Mascheroni, Zero, Preston/Fisher, Jackson/ Richie and an aria from Das Land des Lächelns

With Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Boyzone, B.B. King, Lionel Richie, Gianni Morandi, Joe Cocker & Zucchero Guatemala Choir

Ars Canto G. Verdi

Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana
Conductor: José Molina
Conductor: Renato Zero
Conductor: Leone Magiera


Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia & Tibet 'Live' (1999)
Songs by Anon, Eurythmics, Malgoni, Chapman, Di Capua, Skunk Anansie, Bizet, Denza, Antonacci, Bonfa & Lennon/McCartney

With Enrique Iglesias, Aqua, Eurythmics, Savage Garden, Irene Grandi, George Michael, Skunk Anansie, Tracy Chapman, Mónica Naranjo, Caetano Veloso, Biagio Antonacci & Zucchero

Cambodian & Tibetan Children's Choir
Ars Canto G. Verdi

Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana
Conductor: José Molina


Ti adoro (1999)
Songs by Musumarra, Mioli, D'Urbano/Centonze, Centonze/Smith, Bellentani/Zanni/Centonze, Vuletic, Giannetti/Nanni, Rota, Bennato, Bellentani/Prandi, Zimmer & Dalla

Luciano Pavarotti - Tenor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra di Roma
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Romano Musumarra
Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello
Conductor: Rob Mathes
Conductor: Stefano "Tellus" Nanno
Conductor: David Whitaker
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