Pavarotti did not sing Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!

In the early 1990’s there were some rumors that Pavarotti and Domingo were to record the Rossini opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” together (!). I guess it was planned that Pavarotti were to sing the tenor role of Count Almaviva and Domingo the baritone role of Figaro, but you never know, it could have been the other way around! Anyhow, it did not happen, as far as I know, but wouldn’t it be marvellous if it did happen? Come to think of this when I discovered this funny video on YouTube. I don’t mind Pavarotti caricatures but it should be done with some taste, and I think this one is tasteful enough! I told you this blog would take many odd turns and twists! Have fun! And please: Do sing along!



  1. This is actually Sherrill Milnes who is singing here. There are videos all over you tube a couple with Pavarotti’s pictures on them (and in title) and this performance by Sherrill Milnes. In one somebody changed the description – after many complaints that it wasn’t Pavarotti – to come up with some name of non-existent baritone and a weird story how the baritone is unknown because of the war… But this is most definitely Sherrill Milnes’ voice.

    1. Thanks for responding to this post. Yes, I have also seen this many times on Youtube! Funny that many do the same mistake. It’s like an internet myth that Pavarotti sang this aria. But he didn’t! This proves that you’ll have to know your stuff when using the internet! But let’s say it once more: “Pavarotti did not sing Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!” 🙂

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