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Pavarotti in Puccini in Chicago

5 Sep

Pavarotti sang in Chicago many times during his career. Here are some samples from a gala in Chicago in 1975 (audio only), both taken from the Puccini opera La Boheme. At this gala Pavarotti sang together with Mirella Freni.

First Pavarotti sings the aria Che gelida manina followed by Freni who sings the aria Mi chiamano Mimi. Pavarotti and Freni then join forces in the duet O soave fanciulla.

Needless to say, both singers are at the top of their career. Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra.

When performing in Chicago Pavarotti mostly sang in opera performances at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. More about that and all the rest of Pavarotti in Chicago in later posts.



This post was first published 05-09-2014. Last revision 06-09-2014.

The great Pavarotti lookalike Colin Miller in commercials

15 Aug

The Pavarotti lookalike Colin Miller, a man from the UK now in his late 60’s, has appeared in many commercials as the real Pavarotti.

Mr. Miller as Pavarotti is a good example of Pavarotti in popular culture. Everybody has heard about Pavarotti and even Pavarotti impersonations hits home.

Here are four tv commercials with mr. Miller as the great Pavarotti. Enjoy! I think it’s funny!

More on Colin Miller in future posts. And more commercials with the real Pavarotti, too! :)




This post was first published 15-08-2014. Last revision 15-08-2014.

Pavarotti and football (7): The Three Tenors concert in Los Angeles, July 16, 1994

12 Jul

The first Three Tenors concert in Rome, Italy in 1990 was a huge success. It was so successful everybody wanted a follow-up concert.

The 1990 concert was put together to mark the world football (soccer) championship (FIFA World Cup) which were held in Italy in the summer of 1990. The following World Cup were to be held in the US in the summer of 1994.

After some negotiations the second Three Tenors concert was held in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 16, 1994. As the 1990 concert this concert was also held at the eve of the FIFA World Cup Final.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus was conducted by Zubin Mehta. I remember the concert was very hyped in advance but it surely became a success. The Three Tenors and all involved surely got what they wanted from it! :)

The 1990 concert was put together on relatively short notice as a charity concert, but the 1994 concert was far from a charity concert and was planned well ahead.


Several record companies wanted to record the concert. Decca, which issued the 1990 concert, lost the bidding war to Warner. Also this concert was broadcasted live on TV and radio in many countries, and in the days and months that followed on TV all over the world. The audio and video recording of the concert was issued about a month later. The audio album sold quite well.

The concert is still available on Warner CD and DVD (on the Atlantic label in the US and on the Teldec label elsewhere). This Three Tenors concert also still sells good today 20 years after its first release.


Hard to think that this concert happened 20 years ago this summer! Time flies!

To celebrate this 20th anniversary Warner Classics  has just issued a joint CD and DVD 20th Anniversary Celebration Edition of this concert. It also includes the video documentary “The Vision – The Making Of The Three Tenors In Concert 1994“.

This is of course a must-have for all Three Tenors fans!

Here are The Three Tenors in concert in 1994 celebrating America and one of the great football nations in the world: Brazil! :)


This post was first published 12-07-2014. Last revision 12-07-2014.

Pavarotti and football (6): World Cup Fiesta & England Anthems!

11 Jul

It’s time once again to mark the world football (soccer) championship (FIFA World Cup) which is held in Brazil this summer of 2014. There are two classical albums out to celebrate this event.

Deutsche Grammophon has issued an album with the appropriate title “Fiesta 2014: Hot classical anthems for a festival of sport“. This album contains 17 tracks from the Latin world of classical music.


Decca has issued an album with the title “England Anthems 2014: The sound of England: The ultimate collection“. This album contains 20 tracks, mostly from world of English classical music.

While “Fiesta 2014″ tries to capture the spirit of the host country, “England Anthems 2014” tries to burst moral for the England team in the World Cup. The album even contains God Save The Queen, Rule Britannia and excerpts from one of the Second World War speeches of Winston Churchill, followed by a song by Vera Lynn!


Both albums are available on CD, download and streaming. What both albums have in common is Pavarotti as he sings the World Cup classic Nessun dorma! from the Puccini opera Turandot on both albums. On “Fiesta 2014″ it’s the classic 1972 studio recording and on “England Anthems 2014″ it’s the live recording from the first Three Tenors concert in Rome in 1990. On both versions Zubin Mehta conducts.

But frankly, could Nessun dorma! really be considered as an anthem for England? For English football? Really!? You discuss that among yourselves! :)

Enjoy the World Cup 2014 and may the best team win! But first, enjoy this fantastic video with Pavarotti singing Nessun dorma! from the Three Tenors concert in Paris in 1998.

This post was first published 11-07-2014. Last revision 11-07-2014.

Pavarotti’s last public appearance (2007)

2 Jul

As many of you might know, Pavarotti’s last performance took place at the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino in 2006.

However, Pavarotti’s last public appearance took place in 2007. Pavarotti was interviewed on video on the late night television talk show Porta a Porta on January 16, 2007. The talk show is on the Italian TV channel RAI Uno.

It’s so sad to watch, because Pavarotti looks very sick in this interview. It’s also sad to watch because we know that less than nine months after this interview Pavarotti was no more.

Pavarotti died in his hometown Modena on September 6, 2007.

May he rest in peace! Grazie, Luciano!


Sorry, no subtitles are provided in the video below, but I’m sure you will understand most of it!

This post was first published 02-07-2014. Last revision 02-07-2014.

At last! It’s time for the great Rigoletto sing-along together with Pavarotti!

30 Jun

Oh, yes! You’ve done it! Just admit it! You’ve tried to sing together with Pavarotti at least one time in your life! Probably several times. And you probably want to do it again. And again!

So here’s another chance to impress yourself, the one you hate and the neighbor you love so dearly: At last! Here’s the great Rigoletto sing-along together with Pavarotti!

The Rigoletto aria chosen for this sing-along is La donna è mobileThe sing-along video is taken from Ponnelle’s Rigoletto film. This film is available on DVD and Blu-ray, and has also been shown in movie theatres and on TV.

Now it’s time for you to sing! Start the video, look at the screen and sing along to these beautiful Italian lyrics that pops up on your screen!

What more is there to say? Bravo! Brava! Bravi! :)

And if you can’t stop sing-along together with Pavarotti you can have another go if you just go right here! :)

This post was first published 30-06-2014. Last revision 30-06-2014.

Pavarotti and Sutherland: We’ll always have Paris!

26 May

How about a trip to Paris! Or just singing about the French capital?

It’s of course time for the duet Parigi, o cara from Verdi’s opera La Traviata.

And only the best in the business will do: Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti!

This duet is from the 1983 Sutherland/Pavarotti Gala Concert in the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House.  The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra is conducted by Richard Bonynge.

We’ll always have Paris! And I believe that this Sutherland/Pavarotti Gala is available out there on DVD.

This post was originally published 26-05-2014. Last revision 26-05-2014.

Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest: Amore, volare, liberty, unity, trains … and Pavarotti!

9 May

The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is upon us again! You may love ESC, you may hate ESC, but I’m sure you have opinions about ESC!

This song competition has become so huge that you can’t escape it. It’s just like the Olympics: When it’s there you just have to adjust to its very presence.

So let’s get into the ESC mood by presenting the six best songs from Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest! Thru the history of the ESC Italy has presented many wonderful songs and has won the competition twice.

Here are my six favourite songs presented by the original singer of the song in ESC, except for the first song, for obvious reasons …

1958: Domenico Modugno: Nel blu, dipinto di blu (aka. Volare) (3rd place). A song about the joy of flying. Here it’s sung by the great Pavarotti! Volare is the only ESC song that Pavarotti ever sang. It’s taken from the studio album Volare, and is also to be found on many Pavarotti compilation albums such as Pavarotti Forever.

1964: Gigliola Cinquetti: Non ho l’età (Winner!). A teenage girl admits she’s to young to date the guy of her dreams, but she dreams on.

1974: Gigliola Cinquetti: (2nd place). Now the same teenage girl has become a young woman and simply says yes!

1977: Mia Martini: Libera (13th place). A song about every woman’s rights to be free and decide for her self what she wants to do in life!

1984: Alice & Franco Battiato: I treni di Tozeur (5th place). The most operatic and train related contribution to the ESC ever! Glorious operatic choir and divine acting by Alice and in particular mr. Battiato!

1990: Toto Cutugno: Insieme: 1992 (Winner!). A song about European unity! It’s time for Europe to unite! Into the European Union, of course!

All the best to all the participating countries in this years ESC! May the best song win! And most of all: Have fun while it lasts! It’s a whole year until next time! :)

This post was originally published 09-05-2014. Last revision 09-05-2014.

Odd Pavarotti Blog is 5 years!

1 May

Odd Pavarotti Blog celebrates its 5 years of existence today! I can’t believe that it has gone 5 years already, but’s true: On May 1st 2009 I started this blog about the great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007).

I wrote this in my very first blog post:

Hopefully this blog will be interesting for all Pavarotti’s fans, also the ardent ones. It will sometimes be somewhat funny or odd as the perspectives taken on Pavarotti’s art, life and legacy will take many odd turns and twists.

I hope I’ve been able to do at least a bit of what I initially intended thru these 5 yeas of blogging. I also hope you have liked, or at least accepted when I’ve gone somewhat off topic, writing about my countertenor madness, and more.

File photo of Pavarotti waving to spectators during his concert at Red Square in Moscow

So thank you very much for visiting my blog and for interacting with me! I especially want to thank my almost 400 followers who are following this blog via Word Press, FacebookTwitter and Google+. Many thanks as well to those who follow my play lists on Spotify and YouTube.

And there’s more: Two years ago today I started my odd journey on Twitter! So happy Twitterversary to me! :)

I hope that you all will continue to visit Odd Pavarotti Blog in the future! And if you’re not already a follower, why not start following Odd Pavarotti Blog? :)

Look out for more blog posts about Pavarotti (and some other things as well …). Look especially out for more anniversary blog posts thru this jubilee year! :)

As I’m writing this I’m listening to Pavarotti singing Inno delle Nazioni (Hymn of the Nations) by Giuseppe Verdi. I feel that this is the most appropriate greeting to all my readers, who in fact comes from all over the globe.

Grazie! Mille grazie!

This post was originally published 01-05-2014. Last revision 01-05-2014.

Mirella Freni about Luciano Pavarotti on Italian TV

24 Apr

Today I present to you a little documentary about Pavarotti from Italian TV. The documentary is part of the culture program series Loggione on channel TG5. It contains lots of clips with Pavarotti singing.

The Italian soprano Mirella Freni is interviewed and talks passionately about Pavarotti. Freni was as Pavarotti, born in Modena, and was his lifelong friend and singing partner on the operatic stage.

The program is entirely in Italian, so it’s time once again to brush up on your lingua italiana!


This post was originally published 24-04-2014. Last revision 24-04-2014.


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