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Luciano Pavarotti: Bio

Born on October 12, 1935, on the outskirts of Modena in north-central Italy, tenor Luciano Pavarotti made his operatic debut at the Teatro Reggio Emilia in 1961, performing as "Rodolfo" in La Boheme. He then made his international debut at the Royal Opera House in London in 1963, and, two years later, made his American debut in the Miami production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Pavarotti went on to become a hugely popular and internationally known opera star, achieving a large following due to his recordings and television appearances, and ultimately helping expand the popularity of opera worldwide. He died in Modena in 2007, at the age of 71.

Early Life - Luciano Pavarotti, known for his larger-than-life showmanship that helped expand the popularity of opera, was born on October 12, 1935, on the outskirts of Modena in north-central Italy. The son of a baker and amateur singer, Pavarotti's family was crowded into a two-room apartment. By 1943, World War II had forced the family into a rented single room in the countryside.

Pavarotti wanted to be a soccer star, but found himself enjoying his father's recordings, featuring the popular tenors of the day such as Bjoerling, Tito Schipa and his favorite, Giuseppe Di Stefano. At around the age of 9, he began singing with his father in a small local church choir. He also studied singing with childhood friend Mirella Freni, who later became a star soprano.

At age 20, Pavarotti traveled with a chorus from his hometown to an international music competition in Wales. The group won first place.

Operatic Debut - Pavarotti abandoned a career in school-teaching to dedicate his life to singing. He won the international competition at the Teatro Reggio Emilia in 1961, making his operatic debut there as "Rodolfo" in La Boheme on April 29. He made his international debut in 1963, when he stepped in for tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano in the role of Rodolfo at the Royal Opera House in London.

Pavarotti then took part in the La Scala tour of Europe (1963-64). His American debut in February 1965, in the Miami production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, also launched his legendary partnership with Australian soprano Joan Sutherland. It was with Sutherland that Pavarotti took London's Covent Garden and the New York Metropolitan Opera by storm in 1972 with a sparkling production of a Donizetti favorite, La Fille du Regiment.

Pavarotti's voice and performance were very much in the powerful style of the traditional Italian tenor. He quickly became internationally known as a concert performer, achieving a large following due to his many recordings and television appearances.

In 1982, Pavarotti appeared in the film Yes, Giorgio. That same year, he published a volume of an autobiography.

Collaborations - Pavarotti's participation in the Three Tenors with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras was hugely successful, and has been credited with bringing classical music to the masses at a level never seen previously.

1 Nessun Dorma (Turandot) - 2.57  
2 Voce'e notte - 4.29  
3 Pour mon ame quel destin (La fille du regiment) - 2.10  
4 Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore) - 4.47  
5 Celeste Aida (Aida) - 3.37  
6 Me voglio fa'na casa - 2.50  
7 Questa o quella (Rigoletto) - 1.50  
8 La donna e mobile (Rigoletto) - 2.26  
9 O soave fanciulla (La Boheme) - 4.12  
10 E lucevan le stelle (Tosca) - 2.56  
11 Vesti la giubba (Pagliacci, Live in Philadelphia) - 3.08  
12 Silenzio cantatore - 4.51  
13 'A vucchella (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York) - 2.39  
14 Libiamo ne'lieti calici (Brindisi, La traviata) - 2.57  
15 'O sole mio (Live in Rome, 1990 - Original Three Tenors Concert) - 2.53  
16 Donna non vidi mai (Manon Lescaut, Live in Hyde Park, London) - 3.18  
17 Miss Sarajevo (Pavarotti & Friends Concert for the Children of Bosnia) - 6.23  
18 Pieta, Signore (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York) - 7.25  
19 Nessun dorma (Live in Rome, 1990 - Original Three Tenors Concert) - 3.05  
20 Bonus - Ave Maria, dolce Maria - 2.42  
21 Bonus - Miserere - 4.30  
22 Bonus - Schubert: Ave Maria - 4.00  
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To coincide with the theatrical release of the highly anticipated Ron Howard-directed documentary "Pavarotti," Decca Recordsreleases the original soundtrack, Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture.  from Decca/UMG.

Pavarotti: Music from the Motion Picture draws from Pavarotti's rich recorded catalog and follows the arc of the film. It features selections from operas such as "Turandot," "La bohème," "Aida," "Tosca" and more as well as Italian songs and collaborations with friends such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras ("‘O sole mio"), U2, Brian Eno, Passengers ("Miss Sarajevo"), and others. Touchingly, the complete recording of Puccini's "Donna non vidi mai," which Pavarotti dedicated to Princess Diana, is included. In addition to a special unreleased song with Andrea Bocelli, the soundtrack also features Pavarotti's duet of "Ave Maria" with Bono, available for the first time commercially. The song, recorded live during the 2003 "Pavarotti & Friends for SOS Iraq" benefit concert in Modena, Italy, is available now for streaming and as an instant grat download with digital pre-order.