La donna è mobile

German Pavarotti compilation

Almost every year there’s at least one new Pavarotti compilation on the market. Especially interesting are Pavarotti releases from different countries. There are seldom any new tracks on these compilations but they are never the less interesting and very welcome.

This year Decca in Germany released a single CD Pavarotti compilation for the German market entitled La donna è mobile.

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This compilation contains 21 tracks of mainly opera arias but also some popular Italian songs and one religious work is included. This CD is sold for a bargain price in stores and is also easily available online.

I love the picture of Pavarotti on the cover! 🙂

I believe it goes without saying that the following aria is included! 🙂

This post was first published 29-12-2015. Last revision 29-12-2015.

Happy birthday, Giuseppe Verdi!

The great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi celebrates his birthday today! Verdi was born on 10 October 1813 and died on 27 January 1901.

Pavarotti performed on stage and recorded many of Verdi operas as well as the great Verdi Requiem. Many of the operas as well as the Requiem were part of Pavarotti’s core repertoire on stage for years, but some operas Pavarotti sang less often or never on stage.

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Many famous Verdi arias were essential in most of Pavarotti’s concerts. These same Verdi arias are of course essential to any Pavarotti compilation album. Several Pavarotti compilations albums with only Verdi arias are available on Decca CD, download and streaming.

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All of Pavarotti’s official recordings of Verdi’s operas and the Requiem are easily available on CD, download and streaming, or on DVD. A large number of unofficial Verdi recordings from various live performances with Pavarotti are also available on CD and DVD.

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Pavarotti performed and recorded the following complete works by Verdi:

Work On stage On record
Aida Yes Audio/video
Ballo in Maschera Yes Audio/video
Don Carlo Yes Audio/video
Ernani Yes Audio/video
Lombardi Yes Audio
Luisa Miller Yes Audio
Macbeth No Audio
Otello Yes (in concert only) Audio
Rigoletto Yes Audio/video (also on film)
Traviata Yes Audio
Trovatore Yes Audio/video
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Requiem Yes Audio/video
Inno delle Nazioni No Audio

One of the most popular Verdi arias Pavarotti sang in concert was La donna è mobile from the opera Rigoletto. Pavarotti sings this aria in the video below which is taken from a 1987 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Happy birthday, Giuseppe Verdi! 🙂

This post was first published 10-10-2014. Last revision 10-10-2014.

At last! It’s time for the great Rigoletto sing-along together with Pavarotti!

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 mobileThe 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.

Whitney Houston & Pavarotti

According to this blogger, everything in life could be related to Pavarotti, Italy and/or lemons. Well … that’s how I am. Call me crazy! Or not … But believe me, most things in (my) life can really be related to these three things!

I’m reminded of this today as the world says farewell to the American pop singer Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012). The funeral service is shown live on TV as I write this.

The great Whitney Houston didn’t take part in any of the Pavarotti & Friends concerts, and she didn’t perform or record any duets with Pavarotti. Of course, it could have been, or not … We really don’t know.

However, Whitney Houston did share the stage with Big Luciano at one time in the US. She made a guest performance at The Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 9, 1994. Houston and Pavarotti sang together with Sting and Elton John the aria “La donna è mobile” from the Verdi opera Rigoletto. It looks as they had fun! See the first video below.

On this concert Pavarotti also sang the Tosti song Marechiare accompanied by a pianist. See the second video below (sorry for the bad sound quality).

On this concert Whitney Houston also sang the Stevie Wonder song If It’s Magic, and her hit song I Will Always Love You from her film The Bodyguard, which is seen in the third video below.

Whitney Houston, the queen of pop, will surely be missed.

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This post was first published 18-02-2012. Last revised 15-03-2015.