Pavarotti - The Duets
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Bryan shared the performance on his YouTube channel to tribute his good friend on his 59th birthday. In a testament to his capacity to connect with an extremely varied cross-section of artists, scores of famous names joined forces for a good cause.
He performed at benefit concerts to raise money for victims of tragedies such as the Spitak earthquake that killed 25,000 people in northern Armenia in December 1988,  and sang Gounod's Ave Maria with legendary French pop music star and ethnic Armenian Charles Aznavour. Other honours he received include the "Freedom of London Award" and The Red Cross "Award for Services to Humanity", for his work in raising money for that organisation, and the 1998 " MusiCares Person of the Year", given to humanitarian heroes by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.Pavarotti began the serious study of music in 1954 at the age of 19 with Arrigo Pola, a respected teacher and professional tenor in Modena who offered to teach him without remuneration.
Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture and Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits are both out now and can be bought here. While generally successful, Pavarotti's early roles did not immediately propel him into the stardom that he would later enjoy. In Decca’s 90th anniversary year the historic label releases Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture and Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits continuing his musical legacy and celebrating his extraordinary life.
The famous tenor married twice: his first marriage was with Adua Veroni, who he married in 1961, and the second was with Nicoletta Mantovani, who he married in 2003, three years after his first marriage had ended. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, promoters Tibor Rudas and Harvey Goldsmith booked Pavarotti into increasingly larger venues.
His major breakthrough in the United States came on 17 February 1972, in a production of La fille du régiment at New York's Metropolitan Opera, in which he drove the crowd into a frenzy with his nine effortless high Cs in the signature aria. Also featured, and being made available for the first time, is ‘Miserere’, co-written by Italian rock star Zucchero and Bono, and here recorded with chart-topping tenor and label-mate Andrea Bocelli. It features selections from operas including Turandot, La Bohème, Aida, and Tosca as well as Italian songs and collaborations with friends including Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, U2, Brain Eno and Passengers.The third competition in 1989 again staged performances of L'elisir d'amore and Un ballo in maschera. Pavarotti's first of two marriages was to Adua Veroni which lasted from 1961 to 2000 and they had three daughters: Lorenza, Cristina, and Giuliana.