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It’s never over when the fat people sing September 13, 2007

Posted by Jeff in French, Italian, Opera, Theater.

Although I’d had advance warning of his passing, I hadn’t prepared anything for the blog in advance. So last week I just thought of the first thing I think of when I think of Luciano Pavarotti: the first role I ever saw him in.

Here are clips from works I never saw him in live:

Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland in their prime, singing the Act I duet, “Verranno a te sull’aure”, from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. From the 1972 Rudolf Bing Gala at the Metropolitan Opera; introduced by Risë Stevens.

Here’s the aria that made his career, in the role of his Covent Garden debut, as Tonio in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment: “Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!”, complete with the nine high Cs:

More tomorrow.

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