Italian tenor Pavarotti died Mezzo pays tribute to him

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Paris, September 6th, 2007

The lyric stage has just lost its biggest ‘superstar’.
Deserving heir of Di Stefano and Caruso, the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti died this morning, on September 6th, 2007.
He was born on October 12th, 1935 in Modène (Italy), Luciano Pavarotti was only 12 years old, when he triumphed for the first time, during the victory of the Choir of Modena to the International Festival of LLangollen (Wales).
But the legend really began in 1967 in Scala of Milan where he sang, under the direction of Herbert von Karajan, one of the famous director of this time.
The most famous lyrical stages were to fall then under the charm of Pavarotti: Staatsoper of Vienna, Cowind Garden in London, Metropolitan Opera of New York … Privileging almost exclusively the Italian repertoire, from Rossini to Puccini, throughout Donizetti and Verdi.
Luciano Pavarotti had for partners the biggest voices: Mirella Freni, Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, and he was appreciated by the best Directors such as , Karajan, Solti, Abbado, Levine …
Coming from a modest background, Luciano Pavarotti was going to be the first one to bring lyrics to the public.
Since the 90s, he had given up the stages of the houses of operas for open air huge concerts, with his friends for “Three tenors’ evenings”.
Worried of not locking the operatic works into a ghetto, he did not hesitate to associate his name with Italian and international popstars such as Sting or Lucio Dalla, U2, Elton John, Madonna, in the service of big humanitarian causes.
Man of all the excesses and all the superlative degrees, exceptional artist, Luciano Pavarotti was struggling against a cancer of the pancreas.
He died on Thursday, September, 6th. But nobody will forget the powerful and exceptional resonance of his voice. , it is the privilege of the very main interpreters.

Mezzo has decided to return a vibrating tribute to Luciano Pavarotti by changing its programming:

Friday, September, 7th at 8:45 PM
REQUIEM by Giuseppe Verdi – Concert (1967 – 85 mns) – Direction: Henri-Georges Clouzot
The Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala of Milan are directed by par Herbert von Karajan.
Casting : Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossoto.

Alternate showing:

Satursday, September, 8th at 1:45 PM

Thursday, September, 6th at 8:45 PM
RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi – Opera (1982 – 120 mins) – Direction : Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is directed by par Riccardo Chailly.
Casting : Luciano Pavarotti, Edita Gruberova, Ingvar Wixel.

Alternate showings:
Friday, September, 7th at 6:40 PM
Saturday, September, 8th at 3:15 PM

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