When he died of pancreatic cancer in 2007, Luciano Pavarotti was the most commercially successful opera singer of all time, with the Guinness world record for curtain calls (165) and an estate rumored by the Italian media to be worth $275 million.
But the settlement of that estate was not as smooth Read More
Conductor Leone Magiera helped Luciano Pavarotti orchestrate a lip-synched performance at the 2006 Turin Olympics, he told The Guardian. He said “video trickery, careful lip-synching and a compliant orchestra” were used to simulate the performance.
According to Mr. Magiera, the world-renowned vocalist was in such poor health by 2006 that Read More
New York Times readers and opera enthusiasts alike paused over the bottom half of the paper's front page today, where two items about the death of opera singer Luciano Pavarotti appeared in lengthened abstract form, followed by the full articles on the obit pages.
The Times has been amending its standards for jumps since last Read More
Luciano Pavarotti, the iconic Italian tenor who managed to sell millions of records even though he was an opera singer, died last night at his home in Modena, Italy after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
The obits posted his morning range from breathless to critical as writers try to celebrate the singer and Read More
Modesty is not a trait that flourishes at the Metropolitan Opera House, perhaps the premier stage for the world’s biggest voices, bodies and egos. So it makes sense that the Met’s general manager, Joseph Volpe, an impresario who’s put the most demanding divas and directors in their places, doesn’t exactly suffer from low self-esteem.
Mr. Read More
You don’t spend 16 years giving orders to the biggest stars in opera without having an opera-size personality of your own. All that the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, Joseph Volpe, who retires at the end of the current season, lacks as a rival to Luciano Pavarotti is a voice capable of bringing an audience to Read More
As professional accomplishments go, there can’t be many things more difficult than singing your way to the top of the opera world. Having a naturally beautiful voice and a gift for music are prerequisites, of course, but that’s only the beginning. The aspiring opera star must also have the will to undergo years of intensive Read More
Great opera singers are always engaged in a kind of striptease: They expose themselves in all their vulnerability-and, at the same time, drape themselves with a blanket of beautiful sound. The Met has lately been full of operatic peekaboos. A few weeks ago, we were treated to the now-you-hear-it-now-you-don’t phenomenon of Luciano Pavarotti’s voice in Read More
Here’s gorgeous news! If you’re 100 pounds overweight-or more-you now have recourse to more than the self-help videos, hugs and teary best wishes of Richard Simmons. I’m talking about stomach stapling! Yes, the operation that shocked and intrigued our increasingly chubby nation when Beach Boy daughter and titian-tressed pop singer Carnie Wilson did it back Read More
Luciano Pavarotti has given New York many unforgettable musical gifts since his Met debut in La Bohème in 1968, but the one I may cherish the longest is the recent serial cancellation of his performance in Tosca , which had been planned to bring down the curtain on the Met’s season in a blaze of Read More