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Pavarotti 50 Greatest Tracks releases TODAY!! and commemorates the great tenor's 50th anniversary with Decca Records

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Pavarotti 50 Greatest Tracks commemorates Luciano Pavarotti's 50th anniversary with Decca Records, and an unforgettable legacy of recorded music from one of the greatest voices of our time.  This definitive collection encompasses iconic Pavarotti selections,  including ‘Nessun Dorma,'‘Caruso,' ‘La Donna E Mobile,'and ‘Granada,' to incredible duets with fellow superstars Frank Sinatra, Bono, Eric Clapton and Sting.  Numerous milestones in the late-opera star's unprecedented career are captured here, including the first ever recording of Pavarotti's voice. The historic recording of the aria from La Bohème, ‘Che gelida manina' (‘Your tiny hand is frozen'), has been lying dormant in the archives for 50 years, only now to be unearthed by Pavarotti's widow, Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti, re-mastered and made commercially available for the first time. The 50 Greatest Tracks will be available October 22nd in the U.S. on Decca.

On the heels of the commemorative album, PBS will be airing a new television special, featuring highlights of the tenor's career.  "Pavarotti: A Voice For the Ages" is scheduled to air on "Great Performances" in December on PBS stations across the country (check local listings). 

Towards the end of his life, Pavarotti said, "I have made so many wonderful recordings with Decca. The company has been a major part of my career – really, it has been part of my family." 

Pavarotti truly bridged the gap between opera and pop culture. He said himself, "Some of the great opera arias themselves are really the best pop songs ever written."

Already released in the UK, The 50 Greatest Tracks has catapulted the world's most beloved tenor back to the top of the charts in England six years after his passing.  The album made headline news in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent I, The Daily Express and The Evening Standard.

The Classic Brit Awards, held at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall on October 2nd posthumously honored Pavarotti with a Lifetime Achievement award, met with a roaring standing ovation which ended the ceremony. Pavarotti had previously agreed to collect the award in person six years ago, but sadly died before the event. The two remaining singers of the Three Tenors joined forces to honor their friend and colleague. José Carreras presented the award to Pavarotti's widow, Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti.  Placido Domingo was unable to attend, but recorded a special video tribute and spoke of Pavarotti's "God-given, beautiful voice".

Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti recently appeared on UK TV including BBC Breakfast and ITV1 News to discuss the impact of Pavarotti's legacy.

In 2007, Montovani Pavarotti founded THE LUCIANO PAVAROTTI FOUNDATION (Fondazione Luciano Pavarotti); the philanthropic organization's goals are to continue Pavarotti's legacy through international events, and to support talented young opera singers eager to develop their craft on international platforms.  The work of the Foundation will be expanding from Europe into the United States.Throughout Pavarotti's life, the great tenor constantly heard young singers and gave master classes and lessons to deserving students. He never charged for these services, saying, "Sharing my experience and passion with the young is my way of showing gratitude for the great gift I received."

Belcanto, the Luciano Pavarotti Heritagewill be presented on October 19th at New York City's City Center at 8pm. The operatic concert will be presenting young, talented singers who have been selected by the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, withoriginal performances of popular opera arias, classic Neapolitan songs and contemporary compositions.  The event features sixteen singers, dancers, and a 25-piece orchestra and rhythm section.