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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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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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The Verdi Opera Selection Vol. 2

The Verdi Opera Selection Vol. 2

Aida, Nabucco & Simon Boccanegra


Verdi:

Aida

live from the Teatro alla Scala, Milan 1985

Luciano Pavarotti (Radamès), Maria Chiara (Aida), Ghena Dimitrova (Amneris), Juan Pons (Amonasro), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Ramfis), Paata Burchuladze (Il Re di Egitto)

Teatro alla Scala, Lorin Maazel

Nabucco

live from the Wiener Staatsoper, 2001

Leo Nucci (Nabucco), Maria Guleghina (Abigaille), Miroslav Dvorský (Ismaele), Giacomo Prestia (Zaccaria), Marina Domashenko (Fenena), Renate Pitscheider (Anna), Walter Pauritsch (Abdallo), Goran Simic (Gran Sacerdote)

Wiener Staatsoper, Fabio Luisi

Simon Boccanegra

live from the Teatro alla Scala, Milan 2010

Plácido Domingo (Simon Boccanegra), Anja Harteros (Amelia), Fabio Sartori (Gabriele Adorno), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Fiesco)

Teatro alla Scala, Daniel Barenboim


Giuseppe Verdi, especially known for his numerous opera compositions, is doubtless one of the most famous romantics, and his 200th birthday is currently celebrated around the world. Arthaus Musik wants to take this anniversary as an occasion to release the most brilliant Verdi-productions from the extensive catalogue in a series of opera box sets.

This second Verdi Opera Selection Box includes the unforgettable Aida from Milan starring Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Chiara as well as Nabucco with Leo Nucci and Simon Boccanegra with Plácido Domingo in the title role.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 (Aida, Simon Boccanegra) + DTS 5.1 (Nabucco)

Picture Format: 16:9 (Nabucco, Simon Boccanegra) / 4:3 (Aida)

DVD Format: 3x DVD 9 & 1x DVD 5 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES (Nabucco) / + Korean (Simon Boccanegra) / DE, GB, FR, NL, ES (Aida)

Running Time: 435 mins + 78 mins (Bonus Aida)

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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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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca


Luciano Pavarotti will always be associated with the role of the painter Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca. His interpretations of the arias 'Recondita armonia' and 'E lucevan le stelle' became two of his greatest hits, which he sang at all his stadium concerts

Specially restored and released for the first time on any format, this remarkable performance presents Luciano Pavarotti the opera star, at the very peak of his stage career.

Filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, on December 19th, 1978.

The production is by legendary baritone Tito Gobbi - best remembered as Scarpia opposite the Tosca of Maria Callas.

Pavarotti's co-stars are two internationally acclaimed American singers - soprano Shirley Verrett and baritone Cornell MacNeil.

Remarkable DVD bonus features - available for the first time

Unique footage of Luciano Pavarotti in a music rehearsal, with Shirley Verrett and Maestro James Conlon

A discussion between the greatest of all Baron Scarpias, Italian baritone Tito Gobbi, and the Scarpia of this production, baritone Cornell MacNeil

A discussion with conductor James Conlon and Metropolitan Opera Music Director, James Levine.

Released to mark the 75th anniversary of Luciano Pavarotti's birth on October 12th, 1935

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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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Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore


Luciano Pavarotti (Nemorino), Judith Blegen (Adina), Sesto Bruscantini (Dulcamara), Brent Ellis (Belcore), Louise Wohlafka (Giannetta)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Nicola Rescigno

Filmed in 1981, live from the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti sings Nemorino in Donizetti's comic opera. This one of his Pavarotti's most famous roles and here he sings it in his prime joined by an all-star ensemble: Judith Blegen sings the role of Adina and the great comic baritone Sesto Bruscantini plays the wily Dr Dulcamara. Nicola Rescigno conducts. Kirk Browning's production is traditional and entertaining. Now available worldwide for the first time on Decca DVD.

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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: Ernani

Verdi: Ernani


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

Chorus & Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, James Levine

“One of the Met's nights of stars, with a comparatively trim Pavarotti in great voice; only Leona Mitchell slightly below par. The sets and the playing are almost too sumptuous for this early raw work.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2008 ****

“A quartet of major voices was on hand to fill the leading roles... Naturally, they gave fans of sheer vocalism a great deal to cheer about during the evening... Mr. Pavarotti gave a splendid full-throated performance... He was also a sensitive partner in the many ensemble numbers... Miss Mitchell filled the house gloriously... Mr. Milnes was a dominating force... Mr. Raimondi gave his usual solid performance, musically and dramatically... James Levine's conducting had plenty of passion and momentum” New York Times

“While all four solo performances are superb, one has only to sample the finale to Act I to discover what an electrifying team they make...If Pavarotti dominates by the sheer ardour of his singing, overall this is a totally gripping performance, unlikely to be surpassed on DVD.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

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