Born in Modena, Italy, gained his first musical experiences with his city’s chorus, of which his father, Fernando, was also a member. The teenage Pavarotti and his father travelled with the “Chorus Rossini” to Wales, and went on to win first prize in the Llangollen international singing competition. He had originally trained to be a teacher, but, after first studying with Arrigo Pola and then with Ettore Campogalliani, he won the prestigious Concurso internazionale in 1961 and made his operatic debut as Rodolfo in La Boheme at the Teatro Reggio Emilia that year (April 29).
Pavarotti will be forever identified with key tenor roles of such operas as Aida, Ballo in Maschera, La Boheme, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Fille du Regiment, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, I Pagliaci, Rigoletto, Tosca, II Trovatore, and Turandot. The Essential Pavarotti became the first ever classical album to reach the number one position in the UK Pop Charts, remaining there for an unprecedented five weeks.
He’s been honored with an enormous number of international accolades and has received a huge number of awards, including (just to name a few); the Commendatore cross and grand Official Cross for services to the Italian Republic, numerous Emmy, Gramophone and Grammy Awards, including the 1998 Grammy Legend Award; he has been appointed Officer of the Legion d’Honneur, Musicares Person of the Year; he received Honorary degrees from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and the Universities of Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, Parma, Urbino and San Martin of Lima(Peru.)
Maestro Luciano Pavarotti passed away in his Modena’s home on September 6, 2007.
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