Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (/ˌpævəˈrɒti/, US also /ˌpɑːv-/, Italian: [luˈtʃaːno pavaˈrɔtti]; 12 October 1935  6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who during the late part of his career crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most acclaimed and loved tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the quality of his tone, and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century, achieving the honorific title "King of the High Cs".[1][2]

Luciano Pavarotti

Pavarotti upon receiving the Kennedy Center Honors, 2001
Born(1935-10-12)12 October 1935
Died6 September 2007(2007-09-06) (aged 71)
Modena, Italy
OccupationOpera singer (tenor)
Years active1955–2006
Spouse(s)
  • Adua Veroni
    (m. 1961; div. 2000)
  • Nicoletta Mantovani
    (m. 2003)
Children4
Signature

As one of the Three Tenors, who performed their first concert during the 1990 FIFA World Cup before a global audience, Pavarotti became well known for his televised concerts and media appearances. From the beginning of his professional career as a tenor in 1961 in Italy to his final performance of "Nessun dorma" at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin,[3] Pavarotti was at his best in bel canto operas, pre-Aida Verdi roles, and Puccini works such as La bohème, Tosca, Turandot and Madama Butterfly. He sold over 100 million records,[4] and the first Three Tenors recording became the best-selling classical album of all time.[5] Pavarotti was also noted for his charity work on behalf of refugees and the Red Cross, amongst others. He died from pancreatic cancer on 6 September 2007.

Pavarotti performing "Una furtiva lagrima" from the Italian opera L'elisir d'amore