Today in Music: 03/13/19

On March 13, 2004, Luciano Pavarotti gave his last performance in an opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca. Born on October 12, 1935, in Modena, Italy, Pavarotti was one of the finest tenors of the 20th century. At 19 years old, Pavarotti began serious music study with Arrigo Pola. An important early connection was with soprano Joan Sutherland who in 1963 selected the young tenor to accompany her on tour. Pavarotti latter credited Sutherland for the breathing technique that would sustain him over his career. Pavarotti made his American debut with the Greater Miami Opera in February 1965. Shortly after, on April 28th, Pavarotti made his La Scala debut. His major breakthrough in the United States came on February 17, 1972, in a production of La fille du régiment at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. His performance was a sensation, driving the audience into a frenzy with his effortless high Cs. He achieved a record seventeen curtain calls. As a member of the Three Tenors (with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras), Pavarotti became well known for his televised concerts and media appearances. On December 12, 1998, Pavarotti became the first (and, to date, only) opera singer to perform on Saturday Night Live, singing alongside Vanessa Williams. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Grammy Legend Award in 1998 and Kennedy Center Honors in 2001. He also holds two Guinness World Records: one for receiving the most curtain calls and another for the best-selling classical album (Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert by the Three Tenors). Luciano Pavarotti died of pancreatic cancer on September 6, 2007. #lucianopavarotti #pavarotti #tenor #goat #opera #met #metropolitanopera #cavaradossi #puccini #laboheme #tosca #modena #italy #highc #arrigopola #latraviata #sopranos #joansutherland #donizetti #lascala #threetenors #placidodomindo #josecarreras #saturdaynightlive #vanessawilliams #kennedycenterhonors #guinnessworldrecord #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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