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Luciano Pavorotti Favorite Arias
Luciano Pavortti\n\nLuciano Pavorotti was born in the village of Medena, in theEmilia Romangna region\nof Norhtern Italy, on October 12, 1935. The region has earned a well-deserved rep-\nutation for its savory cuisine and its robust operasingers. Even the farmers in Mod-\nena have been known to perform arias while working their fields. Luciano himself\ncame form a musical family, and spent his childhood listening to the recordings of\nthe great tneors. He could perform entire arias in the backyard of his parents' house\nby the age of nine. He began voice lessons while only a teenager, perfecting his \ntechnique, articulation, phrasing, and enunciation.\n\nHis family remained ambivalent about encouraging Luciano to pursue a career in \nmusic. Luciano's father, himself a gifted singer in the chorus of the Modena Opera, \nhad spent his life working at a bakery, and thePavorotti family was not convinced \ntheir son could make a living in opera. Eventually, with his family's blessing, Luciano\nbegan professional voice lessons,and devoted the next six years of his life to the \npursuit of an opera career.However, recognition alluded him, and he considered\nquitting opera altogether.In 1961, discouraged and disillusioned, Pavorotti entered\nthe prestigious International Achille Peri Competition for Young Singers, and took first\nprize. Forwinning the competition, Pavorotti was awarded the role of Rodolfo in a \nproduction of Puccini's La Boheme, and this performance was quickly followed by\nroles in notable productions of Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Madame Butterfly.\n\nDuring the 1960's, Pavorotti toured Australia, England, and the United States with\nJoan Sutherland, and was invited to make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera \nHouse in 1968. On the eve of the debut, however, Pavorotti came down with a \nterrible flu, and, by the second night of the engagement, had to be replaced by his \nunderstudy. Another five years passed before Pavorotti would make his triumphant\nreturn to the Met, performing alongside Joan Sutherland in a stunning production of\nLa Fille du Regiment. The importance of Pavorotti's return to the Met cannot be \nunderstated: he was promptly hailed as one of the leading tenors of his time.\n\nPavorotti has strived throughout his career to make opera accessible to as many list-\neners as possible. his voice is tremendously espressive, able to convey a remarkable\nrange of emotions. His ocncert tours take him all over the world: he toured China in \n1986 and gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park in 1991, for which 100,00\nfans braved the pouring rain to attend. The "Three Tenors" concerts with Placido\nDomingo and Joe Carreras in 1990 and 1994 introduced millions more to the exquis-\nite beauty of opera music, and Pavarotti has established himself as a man with an\nincredible zest for life.\n\nGiuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) lived 88 years, many of which were spent on his estate, \nfarming and raising cattle. As a child, he learned piano with the village organest in \nPiacenza, Italy. His first opera, Oberto, was produced at La Scala in Milan in 1839,\nwhen Verdi was only 26. During a two month period the following year, tradegy \nstruck: his wife and both his children became very ill and subsequently died. "I felt \ncertain the it was hopeless to look to look for art for consolation," Verdi later wrote,\nand did not return to opera again until 1843. La Traviata was written in 1853.\n\nGiacomo Puccini (1853-1924) enrolled in the Instituto Musicale near his village of \nLucca, Italy, then continued his education at the Milan Conservatory in 1880. At the\nConservatory, Puccini became enthralled by opera, and his first opera, Le Villi, which\nhe wrote during this period, was staged at La Scala in 1884. His greatest successes,\nLa Boheme, Tosca, and Madame Butterfly, established Puccini as not only a worthy\nsuccessor to Verdi, but one of the finest opera composers of all time. Turandot, from\nwhich the featured Nessun Dorma is taken, was completed (with an original ending)\nin 1926 by Franco Alfano.\n\nGeatano Donizetti (1797-1848) wrote 67 operas in his lifetime; Lucia di Lammermoor,\nfirst performed in 1835, is perhaps Donizetti's most lasting work. It tells the star-\ncrossed tale of Lucia and Edgardo, who love each other passionately but are \nbetrayed by those around them. When Lucia succumbs to madness and eventual\ndeath, Edgardo commits suicide so that he may be reunited with her spirit.\n\n-- Jerome Stern\n\n\n\n
This classical cd contains 7 tracks and runs 29min 45sec.
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  1. Luciano Pavorotti - Fra Poco A Me Ricovero - Lucia di Lammermoor (07:21)
    Written by: Gaetano Donizetti
  2. Luciano Pavorotti - Un Di Felice Eterea - La Traviata (03:34)
    Written by: Giuseppe Verdi
  3. Luciano Pavorotti - Anninai Donde Vieni? - La Traviata (01:55)
    Written by: Giuseppe Verdi
  4. Luciano Pavorotti - Libiamo, Libiamo Ne Leite Calici - La Traviata (03:10)
    Written by: Giuseppe Verdi
  5. Luciano Pavorotti - Lunge Da Lei... De Miei Bollenti Spiriti - La Traviata (05:06)
    Written by: Giuseppe Verdi
  6. Luciano Pavorotti - Lucia Perdona - Lucia di Lammermoor (05:27)
    Written by: Lucia di Lammermoor
  7. Luciano Pavorotti - Nessun Dorma - Turnadot (03:06)
    Written by: Turnadot

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