(12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007)
One of the greatest Italian tenors of the 20th Century Luciano Pavarotti was a giant in the world of opera.
Encouraged by Joan Sutherland and her husband Richard Bonynge when he was first starting out on an operatic career, Luciano Pavarotti joined them in the now famous "Sutherland- Williamson" tour of Australia in the fifties performing works like la Traviata, Lucia Di Lammermoor and La Sonnambula.
They were to become lifelong friends and perform together many times.
Pavarotti's voice was an instrument of seemingly effortless power and a with a strong, secure top that gained him the nickname of "King of the High C's."
His natural technique combined with excellent phrasing and solid breath control made him seem more nuanced and expressive than many of the "heroic tenors" – allowing him to deliver in the bigger dramatic roles (the Duke, Cavaradossi, Calaf, Manrico) and succeed equally brilliantly in the lighter more lyrical rep (Nemorino, Fille Du Regiment).
Pavarotti's career lasted much longer than many other tenors with him achieving international recognition and superstardom through larger events like "The Three Tenors Concert."
In later years he was criticised for becoming more of a "stadium performer"- thereby denying the legitimate opera world of performances in the opera houses, but his contribution to the world of music remains undeniable, nonetheless.
His "cross over" into popular music and performances with pop icons such as Bono, broadcast to millions of people around the world undoubtedly introduced many to the thrill and experience of opera. His rendering "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's "Turandot" at the 1990 Soccer World Cup became an international hit- and his calling card.
A familiar picture - Pavarotti at the microphone in another stadium performance in the early nineties.
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