Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti At Poplar Creek
Luciano Pavarotti. Paul Natkin / Getty Images

Born: Luciano Pavarotti was born October 12, 1935 - Modena, Italy

Died: September 6, 2007 - Modena, Italy

Pavarotti Quick Facts

  • Luciano, perhaps, was the first opera star to use the power of the media to his advantage. Almost his entire career is recorded on tape and/or video.
  • In June of 1993, Pavarotti gave a concert in Central Park to a crowd of over 500,000 people, not including the millions who watched on TV.

Pavarotti's Childhood

Pavarotti was born on October 12, 1935. His father, Fernando, was a baker and amateur tenor in the local chorus, "Gioachino Rossini". Pavarotti loved to play soccer and played exceptionally well (well enough to earn him local fame).

Pavarotti's Teenage Years

As a teenager, he joined his father in the local chorus. Pavarotti had a surprisingly delightful tenor voice. After the chorus had entered the Llangollen International Singing Competition in Wales and won first place, Pavarotti became "hooked".

Pavarotti's Early Adult Years

Pavarotti studied with Arrigo Pola in Modena and Ettore Campogalliani in Mantua.

In 1961, he made his first operatic debut as Rodolfo in La bohème in the Reggio nell'Emilia Theater. After gaining much attention from his debut, he went on to perform for audiences throughout Italy, London, Vienna, and Zürich. In 1965, Pavarotti made his American debut in Miami's production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Joan Sutherland.

Pavarotti's Mid Adult Years

After touring in Austrailia, Pavarotti made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1972 in a production of La Fille du Regiment. He delivered a flawless performance. His nine perfect "high c's" gave the audience chills of excitement; their standing ovations were well deserved. Pavarotti's fame skyrocketed. He performed all over the globe and recorded many records (some even twice), and his concerts sold out to record-breaking crowds.

Pavarotti's Late Adult Years

Luciano established several competitions designed to help young artists gain experience and recognition. He also established the "Pavarotti and Friends" Benefit Concert, as well as joining the famous Three Tenors. His musical talents, combined with the many talents of other genre artists, have raised millions of dollars for medical, educational, and vocational initiatives in less fortunate countries. In 2006, Luciano was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and on Thursday, September 6, 2007, Pavarotti passed away at his home in Modena.