The film “Quartet”: Retired opera singers … and Pavarotti!

The film Quartet is now out in cinemas. It premiered at the end of 2012 so it might be that it hasn’t been released yet in many countries. The film hasn’t reached my local cinema yet, but it’s on my must-see list of new films this year.


The UK comedy-drama film Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman, spins around a quartet of retired opera singers living in a retirement home for gifted musicians. Enough material for both comedy and drama here, I believe! And opera! 🙂

The soundtrack is of course filled with lots of opera! In addition the soundtrack contains vocal and instrumental classical music and music composed especially for this film. Read more about the music on the soundtrack here.


Surprise! Pavarotti sings on three tracks on the film soundtrack: “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” (from La Traviata with Bonynge), “Bella figlia dell’amore” and “La donna è mobile” (both from Rigoletto with Bonynge). The soundtrack album is out on CD, download and streaming on Decca Records.

In fact, Pavarotti recordings are quite often used in soundtracks. So far I’ve counted around 30 films and 10 tv-series with Pavarotti on the soundtrack. More about that in a future post!

So, let’s go to the cinema for some good old fashion operatic fun! 🙂


This post was originally published 25-01-2013. Last revision 25-01-2013.