One very special night at the opera must surely have been February 24, 1988. That night Pavarotti received 165 curtain calls (!!!!!) for his performance in the Donizetti opera “L’elisir d’amore“ at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This is still the world record for curtain calls. Pavarotti was applauded for 1 hr. 7 min.
However, the world record for the longest applause goes to another tenor. After a performance of the Verdi opera “Otello“ at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) on June 30, 1991, Plácido Domingo received 101 curtain calls and the audience applauded for 1 hr. 20 min.
It looks like these two records sometimes gets mixed up, making someone, like this blogger, somewhat confused. See this source for clarifications (hopefully).
More importantly, both these two records still stand as world records according to Guinness World Records, as far as I know. Well, if someone has broken one of these records recently, we clearly would have heard about it!
Unfortunately, I haven’t found any videos online of this historic 1988 Berlin performance. However, what I’ve found is almost as good: Pavarotti as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore from the Wiener Staatsoper in 1988! Wonder how long Pavarotti was applauded for this performance!