Pavarotti fantasy

Have a great summer with Pavarotti!

I hope you all are having a great summer! Here are some tips on how to have a great summer with Pavarotti! Well … sort of! Enjoy your summer! Make the most of it! Let’s go!

Take a ride on your scooter …

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Pick up a friend or two along the way …

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Pose on the beach …

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Rest for a while …

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Take the boat out for a spin …

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Ride your favorite horse …

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Take another rest …

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Prepare some food …

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Eat some food …

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Relax … just relax …

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Ride through town …

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Do some garden work …

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Back to the hammock … again …

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Prepare for a late night dinner …

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Sing a summer song before the sun goes down …

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Arrivederci!

This post was first published 21-07-2015. Last revised 21-07-2015.

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Pavarotti didn’t sing with these opera singers! (He never sang with Kylie Minogue either!)

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.

Some great Handel arias you probably don’t hear very often and Pavarotti never sang

Are you hooked on Handel? You know. The composer? Can’t get enough of his opera arias? Can’t handle a life without Handel? That’s called Handel madness my friend!

Handel madness comes in all shapes and colors. It’s also commonly associated with having baroque music madness and  countertenor madness as well.

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Pavarotti didn’t sing much Baroque music at all, and Pavarotti sang only one Handel aria in his life. This was the beautiful “Care selve” from the opera Atalanta. I’m not sure he sang it live, but he did record it for his Decca studio album “Pavarotti in concert” (recorded in 1973, issued on LP in 1975, now available on Decca CD, download and streaming). Richard Bonynge conducts the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

One might ask: What if Pavarotti sang more Handel arias? What if! And there are so many wonderful Handel arias to choose from! If really if didn’t exist.

Just to amuse you and your brain, here are some great Handel arias you probably don’t hear very often. And Pavarotti never sang these either:

  1. You? Queen? Diva, maybe! Queen? Absolutely not!
  2. I don’t care what you’re tweeting, because all I need is closure or closeness
  3. Don’t get this wrong, but I’ve got a date with Messiah on Monday
  4. We’ll meet in a church, but I’ve booked a room for the night
  5. One countertenor! Or two! And two beers! Or three! And quickly! Or when ever!
  6. My Facebook crush has found another and it’s far, far from Heaven
  7. Let us rejoice and baroque again!
  8. Controtenore! Controtenori! Tutti!
  9. My life is like an opera! Yeah, right! Or not!
  10. Un angelo di passato ha passato dentro di me e dentro mia vita … Sotto solo cielo
  11. You’re a man of few words, but I like the way you talk
  12. Pressing the escape button now, but you are still in my life

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This post was originally published 07-05-2013. Last revision 07-05-2013.

Which James Bond song would have been absolutely perfect for Pavarotti?

Today it’s 50 years since the release of the first James Bond film, Dr. No. Since 5 October 1962 we have lived with this fascinating film character in several films.

One aspect of the James Bond films that has always fascinated me is the film music. Especially fascinating for me has been the title song in the beginning of the films. The title songs have always been sung by more or less famous artists at the time, and until recent years the title songs have very often been some female singer singing a slow, old fashion pop song with some sort of climaxing over the top ending.

Pavarotti of course didn’t sing any James Bond title song, but wouldn’t it be great if he did? So, if he did, which James Bond title song would have been absolutely perfect for Pavarotti?

My first choice would of course be Goldfinger, followed by You Only Live Twice as second choice, and Licence to Kill as third choice! That would have been so cool! 🙂

So, what do you think? Which James Bond title song would have been absolutely perfect for Pavarotti in your opinion? Look at the list of title songs and post a comment to this blog post!

Below is some James Bond music videos to help you decide!

And just imagine what kind of agent Pavarotti would have been! 🙂

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