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Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti (born 12th October 1935, died 6th September 2007), an Italian tenor, was one of the greatest and most famous singers of his time, not only in the world of opera, but across all genres. He was born in Modena (Emilia-Romagna), in northern Italy.

Pavarotti enjoyed a fortuitous introduction to British audiences in 1963 when his idol Giuseppe Di Stefano fell ill, and Pavarotti replaced him at the London Palladium. The performance was broadcast to 15 million viewers and the young star was signed by Decca, heralding the start of a prodigious recording career.

His La Scala debut took place in 1965, the same year he went on tour with Australian soprano Joan Sutherland. Pavarotti remained forever grateful for what he learned from her about vocal technique and breathing. He made his debut at his beloved Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1968, and was an international superstar within five years.

At Covent Garden in 1966, playing Tonio in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment, Pavarotti was tricked by his conductor and became the first tenor to hit all nine high C's of the first aria.

In 1990, with his fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, Pavarotti took opera out of the concert hall and into the stadium when he performed at the World Cup closing ceremony in Rome. He also made Puccini's Nessun Dorma forever his own. Pavarotti joined Domingo and Carreras again under the Eiffel Tower as part of the 1998 World Cup celebrations. This concert was televised to an estimated two billion people, a world record.

For more than 40 years, Luciano Pavarotti cut a most distinctive figure in the operatic world. His vast physique enabled his perfect pitch to reach the back of the opera house, but he was also capable of light, delicate phrasing. His rare combination of power and quality marked him out from his peers.

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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto


Louis Quilico (Rigoletto), Christiane Eda-Pierre (Gilda), Luciano Pavarotti (Duke of Mantua), Isola Jones (Maddalena), Ara Berberian (Sparafucile), Richard J. Clark (Monterone), Charles Anthony (Borsa), John Darrenkamp (Marullo), Norman Andersson (Count Ceprano), Betsy Norden (Countess Ceprano), Batyah Godfrey Ben-David (Giovanna), Nadyne Brewer (Page) & Paul De Paola (Guard)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet, James Levine

Decca is proud to present this unique recording of Rigoletto. The only Rigoletto stage production on film featuring Luciano Pavarotti, this performance of one of Verdi's best-loved operas was discovered in the Metropolitan Opera Archives and is available here for the first time. Recorded in 1981, it presents Pavarotti at the peak of his career, supported by an outstanding cast that includes Louis Quilico in the title role, Christine Eda-Pierre as Gilda, Ara Berberian as Sparafucile, and Isola Jones as Maddalena, with Met Music Director James Levine on the podium.

Production..............John Dexter

Stage Director..........David Sell

Designer................Tanya Moiseiwitsch

Lighting designer.......Gil Wechsler

Choreographer...........Norbert Vesak

TV Director.............Brian Large

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Decca - 0743884

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier


Luciano Pavarotti (Andrea Chénier), Maria Guleghina (Maddalena di Coigny), Juan Pons (Carlo Gérard), Wendy White (Bersi), Judith Christin (La Contessa di Coigny), Stephanie Blythe (Madelon)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine

This Dino Yannopoulos-directed production ran at the Metropolitan Opera at irregular intervals until 1977, with the title role attracting the likes of Carlo Bergonzi, Franco Corelli, and Plácido Domingo. Maddalena would be sung by Renata Tebaldi, Martina Arroyo, and Eileen Farrell; Gérard by Robert Merrill and Ettore Bastianini; and Fausto Cleva, Lamberto Gardelli, and James Levine presided in the pit.

Levine again conducted when Nicolas Joël’s production premiered in April 1996 with Luciano Pavarotti in the title role, opposite Aprile Millo and Juan Pons. This DVD captures a telecast from the following season, with Pavarotti and Pons reprising their portrayals and Maria Guleghina as Maddalena.

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Luciano Pavarotti - The Italian Opera Collection

Luciano Pavarotti - The Italian Opera Collection


Donizetti:

L'elisir d'amore

Kathleen Battle (Adina), Luciano Pavarotti (Nemorino), Enzo Dara (Dulcamara), Juan Pons (Belcore), Korliss Uecker (Giannetta)

Leoncavallo:

I Pagliacci

Juan Pons (Tonio), Luciano Pavarotti (Canio), Teresa Stratas (Nedda), Kenn Chester (Beppe), Dwayne Croft (Silvio)

Puccini:

La Bohème

Renata Scotto (Mimi), Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo), Maralin Niska (Musetta), Ingvar Wixell (Marcello), Allan Monk (Schaunard), Paul Plishka (Colline), Italo Tajo (Benoit), Andrea Velis (Alcindoro), Dale Caldwell (Parpignol)

Il tabarro

Juan Pons (Michele), Teresa Stratas (Giorgetta), Plácido Domingo (Luigi), Charles Anthony (Il Tinca), Federico Davia (Il Talpa), Florence Quivar (La Frugola), Philip Creech (Venditore di canzonette)


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Pavarotti sings Verdi

Pavarotti sings Verdi


Verdi:

Un ballo in maschera

Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci, Aprile Millo, Florence Quivar, Harolyn Blackwell

Il Trovatore

Eva Marton, Luciano Pavarotti, Dolora Zajick, Sherrill Milnes

Ernani

Luciano Pavarotti (Ernani), Leona Mitchell (Elvira), Sherrill Milnes (Don Carlo) & Ruggero Raimondi (De Silva)


Recorded live at New York's Metropolitan Opera

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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto

Staged and Directed by: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle


Ingvar Wixell (Rigoletto/Monterone), Edita Gruberova (Gilda), Luciano Pavarotti (Il Duca), Victoria Vergara (Maddalena), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Sparafucile), Fedora Barbieri (Giovanna), Bernd Weikl (Marullo), Rémy Corazza (Borsa), Roland Bracht (Il Conte di Ceprano), Kathleen Kuhlmann (La Contessa di Ceprano)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Riccardo Chailly

Filmed in Mantua, Cremona, Sabionetta, Parma und Acquanegra in May 1982

“Not to be missed.” New York Times

“It is truly memorable, with Pavarotti a Bacchus-like figure in the orgy scene...He acts the part of the Count as believably as if the latter's philosophy was his very own, and he sings gloriously throughout. But Ingar Wixell's magnificently powerful Rigoletto still dominates the narrative...The production is traditional in the best sense; costumes are colourful, sets believable.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo


Luciano Pavarotti (Don Carlo), Samuel Ramey (Filippo II), Paolo Coni (Rodrigo), Daniela Dessi (Elisabetta), Luciana D’intino (Eboli), Alexander Anisimov (Il Grande Inquisitore), Marilena Laurenza (Tebaldo), Nuccia Focile (Una voce dal cielo), Orfeo Zanetti (Il Conte di Lerma), Mario Bolognesi (Un Araldo Reale), Un Araldo Reale (Un Frate)

Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Riccardo Muti

Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

“If you want the edition of the work revised in Italian by Verdi, first performed in 1884, this is your only choice to date on DVD – and it proves, as it did on VHS, a satisfying experience.
The work in this form is tauter and more direct than the five-act French original caught on the DVD of the Chatêlet production conducted by Pappano. Those who know Zeffirelli's style won't be surprised by the conventionally lavish production, but it effectively evokes the atmosphere of religious oppression and personal antagonisms Verdi so unerringly depicts.
The dark-hued, threatening setting fits Muti's energetic, rhythmically vital conception. He quickens the emotions in a peculiarly Italianate way, and throughout evinces a feeling for the colouring of the score. His reading is in turn a good background for some thoughtful and idiomatic singing.
Pavarotti delivers Carlo's music in a typically fervent manner, words ideally placed on the voice and his tone consistently firm and pliable.
His girth makes him unconvincing as the small, lean, nervous Carlo of history, but his simple, sincere acting is its own advocate. Daniella Dessì looks the very image of the wronged, sympathetic Elisabetta and sings with feeling and good phrasing. Paolo Coni offers a concerned, upright Rodrigo, sung in warm tones though he sometimes loses focus under pressure.
Zeffirelli's video direction is well fashioned and the sound picture catches the aural ambience of La Scala. As a whole, this is a vivid experience.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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The Pavarotti & Friends Collection

The Pavarotti & Friends Collection

The complete concerts 1992-2000.


 

Pavarotti and Friends (70 min concert)

Pavarotti and Friends 2 (90 min concert)

For the Children of Bosnia (90 min concert)

For War Child (108 min concert)

For the Children of Liberia (105 min concert)

For Guatemala and Kosovo (99 min concert)

For Cambodia and Tibet (97 min concert)

My Heart's Delight (99 min concert)


Luciano Pavarotti

Featured performers include Andrea Bocelli, George Michael, Elton John, The Spice Girls, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, Ricky Martin, B.B. King, The Eurythmics and many more

The Pavarotti and Friends Collection is a set of 4 DVDs combining all seven charity concerts, as well as the “My Heart's Delight” concert, in a luxuriously packaged gift collection. Each concert is presented in its entirety.

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Subtitles in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese

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Tutto Puccini

Tutto Puccini

The Complete Giacomo Puccini Opera Edition


Puccini:

Le Villi

Teatro Antico, Taormina, 2004. Bonus: PUCCINI (A Film by Tony Palmer)

Albert Montserrat, Halla Margret, Andrea Rola

Támas Pál / Enrico Castiglione

Edgar

Teatro Regio Torino, 2008

José Cura (Edgar), Amarilli Nizza (Fidelia), Julia Gertseva (Tigrana), Marco Vratogna (Frank), Carlo Cigni (Gualtiero)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Teatro Regio di Torino, Yoram David (conductor) & Lorenzo Mariani (stage director)

Manon Lescaut

Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1998

Jose Cura (Des Grieux), Maria Guleghina (Manon Lescaut), Lucio Gallo (Lescaut), Luigi Roni (Geronte), Marco Berti (Edmondo), Gloria Banditelli (Una voce sola)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Liliana Cavani (stage director)

La Bohème

San Francisco Opera, 1988

Mirella Freni (Mimi), Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo), Gino Quilico (Marcello), Stephen Dickson (Schaunard), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Colline), Sandra Pacetti (Musetta), Italo Tajo (Benoit/Alcindoro)

San Francisco Opera House, Tiziano Severini (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Tosca

Arena di Verona, 2006

Fiorenza Cedolins (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Alvarez (Mario Cavaradossi) & Ruggero Raimondi (Il Barone Scarpia), Fabio Previati (Sagristano), Marco Spotti (Angelotti), Enrico Facini (Spoletta), Giuliano Pelizon (Sciarrone), Ottavia Dorrucci (Un pastore), Angelo Nardinocchi (Un carceriere)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Arena di Verona, Daniel Oren (conductor) & Hugo De Ana (director)

Madama Butterfly

Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1986

Yasuko Hayashi, Hak-Nam Kim & Peter Dvrosky

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Lorin Maazel

La fanciulla del West

Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago, 2005

Daniela Dessì (Minnie), Fabio Armiliato (Dick Johnson) & Lucio Gallo (Jack Rance)

Orchestra and Chorus Città Lirica, Alberto Veronesi (conductor) & Ivan Stefanutti (director)

La Rondine

Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, 2008

Fiorenza Cedolins (Magda), Fernando Portari (Ruggero), Sandra Pastrana (Lisette), Emanuele Giannino (Prunier), Stefano Antonucci (Ramblado)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Teatro La Fenice, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Graham Vick (director)

Il Trittico

Teatro Comunale di Modena, 2007

Amarilli Nizza, Alberto Mastromarino, Rubens Pelizzari

Julian Reynolds / Cristina Pezzoli

Turandot

Live from the Wiener Staatsoper, 1983

Eva Marton (La Principessa Turandot), José Carreras (Calaf), Katia Ricciarelli (Liù) & John-Paul Bogart (Timur)

Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper, Chor Der Wiener Staatsoper & Wiener Sängerknaben, Lorin Maazel (conductor) & Harold Prince (director)

Gianni Schicchi

Bonus Performance: ORF Archive Recordings. Volksoper, Vienna, 1960, sung in German

Erich Kunz, Christiane Sorell, Dagmar Hermann

Argeo Quadri / Otto Fritz

Suor Angelica

Bonus Performance: ORF Archive Recordings. Studio Recording, 1959, sung in German

Sena Jurinac, Elisabeth Höngen, Dorothea Frass

Argeo Quadri / Hermann Lanske


Exclusive 11 DVD Box Set including all 12 Puccini operas plus previously unreleased bonus performances and a lavishly illustrated book with rare archive material.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo (Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Bonus) / PCM Stereo, DD 2.0 (La Bohème) / PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 (Edgar) / PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 (Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La faniciulla del West, La Rondine) / DD 2.0 (Le Villi) / DD 5.1 (Il Trittico)

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Subtitles: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES / GB (Le Villi)

Running Time: more than 1300 mins + more than 240 mins Bonus

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Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages

Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages


Created for America’s non-profit television broadcast network PBS in 2013, this brand-new documentary brings together interview and concert footage from the entirety of Pavarotti’s career.

The tenor’s playful public persona is enjoyably captured in rarely-seen clips from “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, while other segments reveal his unique insights into his art and heritage.

At the heart of the programme are full, unedited performances of a multitude of hits, including “Celeste Aida” from the Lincoln Centre with James Levine, the famous account of “Donna non vidi mai” dedicated in her presence to Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, in London’s Hyde Park, and “Panis Angelicus” with Sting.

The bonus feature is a complete recital from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Del Liceu, recorded in 1989 but new to Decca. Accompanied at the piano by erstwhile collaborator Leone Magiera, Pavarotti delights an ecstatic audience with a generous programme of arias and popular songs.

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