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)
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
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)
Tosca....Mirella Freni (soprano)
Cavaradossi....Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Nicola Rescigno (conductor).