PBS Airs Luciano Pavarotti Documentary For Their Pledge Drive

August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Music

pavarottiKVRU, our PBS affiliate station for Austin, showed Pavarotti: A Life In Seven Arias Saturday night as part of their pledge drive. This is a 90 minute documentary on the tenor`s miraculous career, from his early days in Modena, Italy, to his prominence in starring roles of opera houses all over the world. Some footage was presented also of the Three Tenors (Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti) in Rome singing Elvis` It`s Now Or Never in Italian. I was startled at first, until I could confirm the familiar melody.

One segment features him giving a singing lesson, and emphasizing that one must sing from deep down in their viscera, not just from the throat. It has been said that he was at his best in the bel canto style, or giving an emphasis to the upper registry. Thus, Puccini works such as La Boheme, Tosca, and Madam Butterfly were good fits for Pavarotti. I have the double CD, Pavorotti`s Greatest Hits on Decca; my favorites are La Donna e Mobile from Verdi`s Rigoletto and Schubert`s Ave Maria, that will surely bring tears to your eyes.

Who is your favorite of the Three Tenors? Do you believe Pavarotti drifted too far away from traditional opera, in the latter part of his career?

*Be sure to read her article and listen to Judyth Piazza`s interview with Floyd Mc Feely of Super Geek League on theSOP.org! Sounds like an interesting and fun band. I will definitely check them out!