Today is the 80th birthday of the great Italian soprano Mirella Freni. She wasn’t just one of Pavarotti’s most important singing partners, she was also a lifelong friend of Pavarotti.
Mirella Freni was born on 27 February 1935, in the same year as Pavarotti. She was born in the little Italian town of Modena, just as Pavarotti. Their life turned out so that they became lifelong friends and colleagues on the operatic stage. They also recorded many complete operas together.
We celebrate the 80th birthday of the great Mirella Freni with three operatic duets by Luciano and Mirella together! The three operatic duets are in running order:
O soave fanciulla from Puccini’s La bohème (live 1996)
Tutto apprendi, o sventurato from Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell (studio 1978-79)
Cherry Duet from Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz (studio 1968)
As a bonus video I give you Luciano and Mirella in rehearsal for Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. What fun they were having! They can’t stop giggling!
Happy birthday, Mirella bella! 🙂
This post was first published 27-02-2015. Last revised 27-02-2015.
When you think you’ve seen all the Pavarotti albums there are in the world, new ones pops up, in a record store somewhere or somewhere online.
My latest find is “La Voz De Luciano Pavarotti”, a compilation CD from Mexico. This CD, which translates “The voice of …”, is a compilation of Pavarotti singing Italian popular songs. The CD was issued on Decca by Universal Music Mexico in 2014.
This CD can be bought online at Almaraz records, or the next time you or somebody you know goes to Mexico.
We celebrate this with a funny Mexican tribute to Pavarotti. Pavarotti sings Cielito Lindo together with Enrique Iglesias from a Pavarotti & Friends concert (not included on this Mexican CD).
More about Pavarotti in Mexico in later posts!
This post was first published 18-11-2014. Last revision 18-11-2014.
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 mobile. The 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 sang with lots of wonderful opera singers, some more famous and more talented than others. Be that as it may.
The first video is a sketch from the British sketch comedy television series French and Saunders with the comic duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
Let me be absolutely clear: Pavarotti didn’t sing with these opera singers!
The song at the end of the sketch is the pop song I should be so lucky. Go to the second video if you want to skip the sketch and go straight to the song.
The song was originally written for the Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue who had a smash hit with it in the late 1980s. The song was the written and produced by the hit machine Stock Aitken Waterman. The last video is the original video.
There might be many opera singers that Pavarotti never sang with, but he never sang with Kylie Minogue either. 🙂
This post was originally published 20-06-2014. Last revision 20-06-2014.
In this tv commercial for the financial services firm J. G. Wentworth the image and voice of Pavarotti in the 1981 San Francisco Opera production of the Verdi opera Aida is used. Margaret Price sings the title role and Luciano Pavarotti sings the role of Radamès. This performance is also out on DVD. This tv commercial is probably not. But it’s funny anyway!
This post was originally published 31-03-2014. Last revision 31-03-2014.