Happy Birthday to Luciano Pavarotti! The charismatic, larger-than-life tenor and humanitarian was born in Italy 79 years ago today. Pavarotti began singing in the church choir at the tender age of nine with his father, a baker and amateur tenor. He was drawn to soccer, but became serious about music at the age of 19. He made his operatic debut in La bohème at a small regional opera house in 1961. His career began to take off when Dame Joan Sutherland asked him to join her on tour in 1963. His star continued to rise throughout the 1960s and 70s, and he will forever be known as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
Pavarotti holds two Guinness World Records: one is for selling the most copies of a classical album, In Concert by the Three Tenors, which he shares with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. What is the other?
a) Receiving the most curtain calls in one night
b) Eating the most pizzas in one sitting
c) Winning more Grammys than any other opera star
d) Touring more countries than any other opera star
CLIP OF THE DAY
Enjoy Pavarotti’s goosebump-inducing signature aria “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot as he performs in New York’s Central Park in 1993. Excuse me, there’s something in my eye…
DID YOU KNOW…
According to sources, Pavarotti never learned to read music.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
For me, music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion.
a) In Berlin in 1988, Pavarotti received 165 curtain calls. He was applauded for one hour and 17 minutes!