Luciano Pavarotti - 1935-2007

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20071224

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti, who died in September.

1/5.

From Rodolfo to the Moor

Pavarotti in his own words, discussing his career in an interview with Rodney Milnes recorded at the tenor's Modena home in 1991, 30 years after his debut.

Including music by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Donizetti.

20071224

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti, who died in September.

1/5.

From Rodolfo to the Moor

Pavarotti in his own words, discussing his career in an interview with Rodney Milnes recorded at the tenor's Modena home in 1991, 30 years after his debut.

Including music by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Donizetti.

20071225

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti who died in September.

2/5. The Voice Discovered

Pavarotti made his debut at Covent Garden in La boheme in September 1963. Sean Rafferty looks at the roles he sang in his early career, in conversation with conductors Richard Bonynge and Edward Downes, soprano Joan Sutherland and director John Copley.

Music includes:

Verdi: La donna e mobile (Rigoletto)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Edward Downes (conductor)

Donizetti: Deserto in terra (Don Sebastiano)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Vienna Opera Orchestra

Edward Downes (conductor)

Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (excerpts)

Beatrice....Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Orombello....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Bonynge (conductor)

Donizetti: La fille du regiment (excerpts)

Marie....Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Tonio....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Richard Bonynge (conductor).

20071225

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti who died in September.

2/5. The Voice Discovered

Pavarotti made his debut at Covent Garden in La boheme in September 1963. Sean Rafferty looks at the roles he sang in his early career, in conversation with conductors Richard Bonynge and Edward Downes, soprano Joan Sutherland and director John Copley.

Music includes:

Verdi: La donna e mobile (Rigoletto)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Edward Downes (conductor)

Donizetti: Deserto in terra (Don Sebastiano)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Vienna Opera Orchestra

Edward Downes (conductor)

Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (excerpts)

Beatrice....Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Orombello....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Bonynge (conductor)

Donizetti: La fille du regiment (excerpts)

Marie....Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Tonio....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Richard Bonynge (conductor).

20071226

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti who died in September.

3/5. Opera's Golden Tenor

In the 1970s, Pavarotti achieved wider fame in America, particularly at the Metropolitan Opera, where he received no fewer than 17 curtain calls for one performance. From there he was crowned Opera's Golden Tenor on the cover of Time magazine. Sean Rafferty examines his breakthrough in America and his continued success in Europe in conversation with Richard Bonynge.

Including scenes from:

Puccini: La boheme

Mimi....Mirella Freni (soprano)

Rodolfo....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

Puccini: Turandot

Princess Turandot....Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Calaf....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Cio-cio-san....Mirella Freni (soprano)

B F Pinkerton....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Vienna Philharmonic

Puccini: Tosca

Tosca....Mirella Freni (soprano)

Cavaradossi....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

National Philharmonic Orchestra

Nicola Rescigno (conductor).

20071226

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti who died in September.

3/5. Opera's Golden Tenor

In the 1970s, Pavarotti achieved wider fame in America, particularly at the Metropolitan Opera, where he received no fewer than 17 curtain calls for one performance. From there he was crowned Opera's Golden Tenor on the cover of Time magazine. Sean Rafferty examines his breakthrough in America and his continued success in Europe in conversation with Richard Bonynge.

Including scenes from:

Puccini: La boheme

Mimi....Mirella Freni (soprano)

Rodolfo....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

Puccini: Turandot

Princess Turandot....Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Calaf....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Cio-cio-san....Mirella Freni (soprano)

B F Pinkerton....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Vienna Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

Puccini: Tosca

Tosca....Mirella Freni (soprano)

Cavaradossi....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

National Philharmonic Orchestra

Nicola Rescigno (conductor).

20071227

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti, who died in September.

4/5. Beyond the Stage

In 1981, Pavarotti launched his International Voice Competition, which has led to the rise of a number of younger singers, including Roberto Alagna, who talks to Sean Rafferty about his experience of working with Pavarotti. Plus a look at his only venture into film-making with Yes, Giorgio.

Music includes:

Williams: If I were in love

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra

John Williams (conductor)

Mozart: Idomeneo (excerpt)

Idomeneo....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Vienna Philharmonic

John Pritchard (conductor)

Verdi: Il trovatore (excerpt)

Manrico....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Leonora....Antonella Banaudi (soprano)

Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Verdi: Aida (excerpt)

Radames....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

La Scala Orchestra, Milan

Lorin Maazel (conductor).

20071227

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti, who died in September.

4/5. Beyond the Stage

In 1981, Pavarotti launched his International Voice Competition, which has led to the rise of a number of younger singers, including Roberto Alagna, who talks to Sean Rafferty about his experience of working with Pavarotti. Plus a look at his only venture into film-making with Yes, Giorgio.

Music includes:

Williams: If I were in love

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra

John Williams (conductor)

Mozart: Idomeneo (excerpt)

Idomeneo....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Vienna Philharmonic

John Pritchard (conductor)

Verdi: Il trovatore (excerpt)

Manrico....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Leonora....Antonella Banaudi (soprano)

Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Verdi: Aida (excerpt)

Radames....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

La Scala Orchestra, Milan

Lorin Maazel (conductor).

20071228

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti who died in September.

5/5. The Universal Tenor

Sean examines the phenomenon of Pavarotti's stadium concerts, which began in 1990 with the first of the Three Tenors concerts in Rome, and went on to reach a global audience. At the same time, Pavarotti was recording his last big role, Otello, and making final stage appearances. Soprano Marilyn Horne talks about her experiences of singing with him.

Music includes:

Puccini: Nessun dorma (Turandot)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentina

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Cilea E' la solita storia (L'arlesiana)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Leone Magiera (piano)

De Curtis Torna a Surriento

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Philharmonia

Leone Magiera (conductor)

Verdi: Otello (excerpt)

Otello....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Desdemona....Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Jago....Leo Nucci (baritone)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Georg Solti (conductor).

20071228

Sean Rafferty introduces a series of programmes celebrating the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti who died in September.

5/5. The Universal Tenor

Sean examines the phenomenon of Pavarotti's stadium concerts, which began in 1990 with the first of the Three Tenors concerts in Rome, and went on to reach a global audience. At the same time, Pavarotti was recording his last big role, Otello, and making final stage appearances. Soprano Marilyn Horne talks about her experiences of singing with him.

Music includes:

Puccini: Nessun dorma (Turandot)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentina

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Cilea E' la solita storia (L'arlesiana)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Leone Magiera (piano)

De Curtis Torna a Surriento

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Philharmonia

Leone Magiera (conductor)

Verdi: Otello (excerpt)

Otello....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Desdemona....Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Jago....Leo Nucci (baritone)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Georg Solti (conductor).