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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

Picture format: 4:3

Audio Format: LPCM

Region Code: 0

Disc: DVD9

Menu Language: English

Subtitles: English, French, German

“Dramatically we're back in the stone age...Musically there's much to admire...The vocalism is strong and occasionally outstanding.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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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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Decca - 0743421

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The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala

The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Debussy:

L'annee en vain...Cependent les soirs (from L'enfant Prodigue)

Ileana Cotrubas

Donizetti:

Chi mi frena in tal momento? (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Una furtiva lagrima (from L'elisir d'amore)

Nicolai Gedda

Giordano, U:

Vicino a te (from Andrea Chénier)

Jose Carreras, Montserrat Caballé

Gounod:

Va! je t'ai pardonné (from Roméo et Juliette)

Catherine Malfitano, Alfredo Kraus

Alerte, alerte! (from Faust)

Katia Ricciarelli, William Lewis, Nicolai Ghiaurov

Mascagni:

Son io! Son io la Vita! (from Iris)

Mozart:

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Kiri Te Kanawa

Puccini:

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

Eva Marton

Viene la sera (from Madama Butterfly)

Giuliano Ciannella, Leona Mitchell

Rossini:

La calunnia è un venticello (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Ruggero Raimondi

Bel raggio lusinghier (from Semiramide)

Joan Sutherland

Pria di dividerci da voi, signore (from L'italiana in Algeri)

Saint-Saëns:

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Linda Gelinas, Ricardo Costa

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Marilyn Horne

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Strauss, R:

Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Marie Theres'! ... Hab mir's gelobt (from Der Rosenkavalier)

trad.:

Fjorton år tror jag visst att jag var

Birgit Nilsson

Verdi:

Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali (from Otello)

James McCracken

Surta è la notte...Ernani! Ernani, involami (from Ernani)

Anna Tomowa-Sintow

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni

Donna chi sei? (from Nabucco)

Renato Bruson, Grace Bumbry

Teco io sto (from Un ballo in maschera)

Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price

Wagner:

Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Birgit Nilsson


Here are the greatest moments from the “ultimate in galas” (Opera), a “roof-rattling vocal display and the kind of cheering and free-flowing, heartfelt emotion on both sides of the footlights that opera evinces more than any other art form” - New York Times

The gala celebration immediately catches the attention with spectacular performances by stars such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne, Birgit Nilsson, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Gedda, Alfredo Kraus and many others

“The world's most famous opera singers [in] a dazzling sequence of performances” - New York Times

“It's always a privilege to sing at the Met, but this is something very special. I don't think there's ever been anything this grand in the history of opera” - Luciano Pavarotti

This product features an awesome roster of international star conducters: from James Levine, Leonard Bernstein and Thomas Fulton to Jeffrey Tate, Richard Bonynge

2 DVDs LIVE from the Met from October 22, 1983

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Classic, all-star performance of one of the great Verdi operas, featuring Pavarotti in one of his most celebrated roles. Available for the first time on DVD, the complete opera of the classic 1980 production by Elijah Moshinsky of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera. This was an eye-catching and thought-provkoing production. Moshinsky staged the action in pre-revolutionary 1774 Boston.

“…a valuable record and a highly enjoyable one, in Elijah Moshinsky's clean-cut production… Pavarotti, in golden voice and intense presence, is well matched by Louis Quilico's rich-voiced, mordant Renato and Katia Ricciarelli's deeply felt if occasionally strained Amelia, not to mention Judith Blegen's sparkling Oscar.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 *****

“Pavarotti [is] at his very finest, both as singer and actor...Patane conducts throughout with flair and Brian Large's video direction could hardly be bettered.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

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Decca - 0743227

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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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Mozart: Idomeneo, K366

Mozart: Idomeneo, K366

Video Director Brian Large & Production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle


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DG - 0734234

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Puccini: Il Tabarro, etc.

Leoncavallo:

I Pagliacci

Juan Pons, Luciano Pavarotti, Teresa Stratas, Kenn Chester, Dwayne Croft,

Puccini:

Il Tabarro

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Charles Anthony, Federico Davia


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DG - 0734024

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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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EMI - 5994429

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