Pavarotti in popular culture

Christmas with Pavarotti: The film “Love Actually” … and clothes once owned by Pavarotti

Christmas is once again here, and along comes all the Christmas traditions that we have become so used to, and then some. One Christmas tradition is for many to watch cheesy, sentimental, more or less romantic films on television.

Not every one of these films have a clear Christmas theme, but they are in one way or another related to Christmas. Maybe the most famous Christmas film of them all, It’s a Wonderful Life from 1946, is a good example, if there’s such a thing as a Christmas film genre.

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And there are many more. One of the Christmas films from recent years is Love Actually from 2003 which is shown regularly on television every year around Christmas time. If you just accept that it is a Christmas film it’s quite entertaining!

One dialogue from this films I find particularly funny is this one. It starts off scene #51 where Emma Thompson is Karen and Alan Rickman is Harry:

  • Karen: That was a good night. Though I felt fat.
  • Harry: Oh don’t be ridiculous.
  • Karen: It’s true. Nowadays the only clothes I can get into were once owned by Pavarotti.
  • Harry: I always think Pavarotti dresses very well.

This is a very good example of Pavarotti in popular culture. At least since the 1980’s many references to Pavarotti have popped up in for example films and tv-series. One day I’ll publish a list of the many films and tv-series that use Pavarotti as a cultural reference. In fact, I have counted around 100 (!!!) films and tv-series so far, and the list keeps growing.

Anyhow, it’s once again time to dress as well as Pavarotti and to celebrate Christmas in style with family, friends, good food and drink, a Christmas film, and the one and only Pavarotti!

In fact, that’s all you need for Christmas! 🙂

This post was first published 23-12-2015. Last revision 23-12-2015.

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Frank Sinatra & Luciano Pavarotti: Two giants together in pictures

Here are just some pictures of Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti together. Two great singers! Nothing more, nothing less! 🙂

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I don’t know what this last picture is about! Maybe it’s an ad for a karaoke bar where you can sing My Way in the style of Sinatra and Pavarotti? 🙂

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This post was first published 13-12-2015. Last revision 13-12-2015.

The great Pavarotti lookalike Colin Miller in commercials

The Pavarotti lookalike Colin Miller, a man from the UK now in his late 60’s, has appeared in many commercials as the real Pavarotti.

Mr. Miller as Pavarotti is a good example of Pavarotti in popular culture. Everybody has heard about Pavarotti and even Pavarotti impersonations hits home.

Here are four tv commercials with mr. Miller as the great Pavarotti. Enjoy! I think it’s funny!

More on Colin Miller in future posts. And more commercials with the real Pavarotti, too! 🙂

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This post was first published 15-08-2014. Last revision 15-08-2014.

Odd Pavarotti Blog is 5 years!

Odd Pavarotti Blog celebrates its 5 years of existence today! I can’t believe that it has gone 5 years already, but’s true: On May 1st 2009 I started this blog about the great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007).

I wrote this in my very first blog post:

Hopefully this blog will be interesting for all Pavarotti’s fans, also the ardent ones. It will sometimes be somewhat funny or odd as the perspectives taken on Pavarotti’s art, life and legacy will take many odd turns and twists.

I hope I’ve been able to do at least a bit of what I initially intended thru these 5 yeas of blogging. I also hope you have liked, or at least accepted when I’ve gone somewhat off topic, writing about my countertenor madness, and more.

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So thank you very much for visiting my blog and for interacting with me! I especially want to thank my almost 400 followers who are following this blog via Word Press, FacebookTwitter and Google+. Many thanks as well to those who follow my play lists on Spotify and YouTube.

And there’s more: Two years ago today I started my odd journey on Twitter! So happy Twitterversary to me! 🙂

I hope that you all will continue to visit Odd Pavarotti Blog in the future! And if you’re not already a follower, why not start following Odd Pavarotti Blog? 🙂

Look out for more blog posts about Pavarotti (and some other things as well …). Look especially out for more anniversary blog posts thru this jubilee year! 🙂

As I’m writing this I’m listening to Pavarotti singing Inno delle Nazioni (Hymn of the Nations) by Giuseppe Verdi. I feel that this is the most appropriate greeting to all my readers, who in fact comes from all over the globe.

Grazie! Mille grazie!

This post was originally published 01-05-2014. Last revision 01-05-2014.

Pavarotti in commercial for financial services firm

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.

Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks – The marketing story

When it was time to celebrate Pavarotti’s 50 years on Decca Classics and 50 years since his international debut, a brand new compilation, Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks, was released in October 2013 on Decca CD (2 CD set), download and streaming.

The marketing of this release was massive, including a website for sharing photos, and another website to record and publish your own version of Pavarotti arias such as Nessun dorma!

Prior to the release, as part of the marketing strategy, the press reported that this compilation would contain a newly discovered Pavarotti recording, but as I wrote in August 2013 that was a bit far from the truth. Be that as it may, with this compilation Pavarotti once again topped the charts, six years after he died!

Besides the so-called newly discovered Pavarotti recording (which wasn’t!), the compilation didn’t contain any real surprises as all were previously released. Read more about each tracks here.

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In addition to the standard 2 CD set two additional releases followed (both on Decca):

The 2 CD set was also released as Pavarotti: Les 50 Triomphes by Decca in France. Other national releases may exist as well.

The CD artwork and the ads on TV and online were quite creative. There was a one minute teaser and a 20 seconds TV-spot, both narrated in English. However, on YouTube I’ve found many other versions of the TV-spot from various countries.

This was absolutely a marketing campaign for the greatest singer that ever lived!

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TV-spot Germany

TV-spot The Netherlands

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TV-spot Denmark

TV-spot China

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TV-spot South Africa

This post was originally published 24-03-2014. Last revision 24-03-2014.

Pavarotti – The one and only King of the High C’s

Pavarotti was indeed the King of the High C’s. No question about that! So let’s celebrate Big Luciano’s many high C’s!

Here is the one and only King of the High C’s showing off what he did best in La Fille du Régiment, La Favorita (both by Donizetti), and Il Trovatore (by Verdi). We finish with a study in Pavarotti’s vocal range. Fascinating!

Happy listening! Your singing in the shower will never be the same again! 🙂

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This post was originally published 06-02-2014. Last revision 06-02-2014.