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Great Performances: Pavarotti / A Voice For The Ages airs this Friday on KPBS: San Diego

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Like Enrico Caruso before him Luciano Pavarotti, extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera, Blessed with a tenor voice of a rare range, beauty and clarity, his singing dominance during the 1960s, 70s and 80s led to the nickname: 'King of the High C's.' A great humanitarian, Pavarotti in his prime was the best-selling classical singer in the world and arguably the most popular living tenor of his day. The 1993 performance in New York's Central Park was attended by 500,000 fans while millions watched on television. He continued to sing during the 1990s and 2000's and always displayed the ability to deliver his clear ringing tone, and brillance in the higher register. Although LP's career was a mile long, he is probably be best known for the wildly popular performances with the 'Three Tenors' and 'Pavarotti & Friends'. Even today, Pavarotti's powerful sound, natural grace and brilliant color still leads many to consider him the world's greatest voice.

Great Performances: Pavarotti: A Voice For The Ages airs this Friday, December 6 @9p PT on KPBS San Diego.
The program celebrates the 50th anniversary since the launch of Pavarotti's phenomenonal recording career.