Happy Valentine’s Day with Pavarotti!

Today is Valentine’s Day! It’s time to celebrate love and especially the love for the one that you love the most! So why not celebrate love with the great Pavarotti?

For this very special occasion I’ve selected the wonderful song “If We Were In Love” from the romantic film “Yes, Giorgio”. The video below is taken from the film.

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So now you just have to do what you have to do: Buy these flowers and that box of chocolates, and then take your love for a grand tour in a balloon while you sing excerpts from the Italian opera repertoire and more. Or you could just send that special someone a text message via your phone. ūüôā

Happy Valentine’s Day! Buon San Valentino! Love and amore from Odd Pavarotti Blog! ūüôā

This blog post no. 306 was first published 14-02-2016. Last revision 14-02-2016.

Pavarotti’s vocal range

How to describe Pavarotti’s singing voice? For me, beautiful comes first to mind. Then warm, passionate and strong. You may describe¬† Pavarotti’s voice in another way. We all have our views!

Talking about Pavarotti’s voice: Found this YouTube video recently: It presents Pavarotti’s full vocal range in one minute. Enjoy these examples of Pavarotti’s fantastic voice!

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This blog post no. 304 was first published 02-02-2016. Last revision 02-02-2016.

Happy Australia Day with Pavarotti!

Today is Australia Day, the official National Day of Australia, which is celebrated annually on 26 January in Australia and by Australians living abroad.

Pavarotti performed in Australia many times during his career, but there is another important Australian connection for Pavarotti. The Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland was together with her conductor husband Richard Bonynge instrumental for Pavarotti’s career on stage and on record, especially in the early stages of his career. Pavarotti and Sutherland made many landmark recordings on Decca together, as well as performing in operas and concerts together.

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In the following video Pavarotti and Sutherland¬†sing the duet “Prendi: l’anel ti dono” from the Bellini opera La Sonnambula from a¬†concert in 1983¬†in Sydney, Australia with¬†Bonynge conducting. This concert is available on CD and DVD.

The Three Tenors performed in Australia once. On 1 March 1997 The Three Tenors¬†performed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne as part of their World Tour together with conductor Marco Armiliato. At this concert The Three Tenors surprised their audience by singing the popular Australian song¬†“Waltzing Matilda“, by many described as the country’s “unofficial national anthem”.

Pavarotti held solo concerts in Australia as well. More on that in another post. Let’s end these Australia Day celebrations with a clip of Pavarotti singing “Nessun dorma!” from The Three Tenors concert mentioned above. Clearly Pavarotti¬†conquered Australia too! ūüôā

Happy Australia Day everybody, especially my Australian followers! ūüôā

This blog post no. 303 was first published 26-01-2016. Last revision 26-01-2016.

Pavarotti sings you to Granada and your next holiday in Spain

Planning a holiday in Spain? How about a trip to the beautiful Spanish city of Granada? And why not let the great Pavarotti take you there?

One song that Pavarotti included in his concert repertoire late in his career was the song “Granada” by the Mexican composer Agust√≠n Lara. And you are quite right! This song is really about the Spanish city of Granada!

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In the following two videos Pavarotti sings this beautiful song from live performances in Llangollen, Wales in 1995 and in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1997.

Pavarotti of course performed in Spain many times, but more about that in later posts. Now it’s time to book your next summer holiday to Spain! ūüôā

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This blog post no. 302 was first published 25-01-2016. Last revision 25-01-2016.

Happy 75th birthday, Pl√°cido Domingo!

Today is the 75th birthday of the Spanish tenor Pl√°cido Domingo. The great Pl√°cido Domingo was born in Madrid, Spain on 21 January 1941.

Domingo is one of the world’s leading tenors of our time, and of all time. Domingo is probably the most versatile opera singer in history. He has sung 147 (!!!) opera roles in Italian, French, German, English, Spanish and Russian. This opposed to Pavarotti’s repertoire of ca. 30 opera roles, almost exclusively in Italian.

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Domingo has had an incredible career on stage and on records in opera, sacred works and various crossover projects, and in the last years he also has made a career as a conductor, among many other things. He is clearly an intellectual, also in his approach to singing.

Domingo was for years considered a strong rival of Pavarotti, but from the first Three Tenors concert in Rome, Italy in 1990 the competition between the two changed into collaboration.

To celebrate the great Pl√°cido Domingo I give you excerpt from the medley from the first Three Tenors concert in Rome, Italy in 1990.

Happy 75th birthday, grandissimo Pl√°cido Domingo! ūüôā

This blog post no. 301 was first published 21-01-2016. Last revision 21-01-2016.