When Luciano Pavarotti died in September, the world lost one of its finest voices. The 'King of the High Cs' was sought after by all the major opera houses in his early career. International superstardom came with his Three Tenors and Pavarotti and Friends concerts. His version of Nessun Dorma was used for the BBC's coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. This portrait uses archive and the memories of his closest associates- including Jose Carreras, Dame Joan Sutherland and Juan Diego Florez.
This set was recorded in 1970, first appeared in 1971, and now is re-issued on CD as Decca - London ,there is just SOMETHING about the freedom and vocal ease of the 35-year-old Pavarotti (pre-beard!). The high notes shine and soar and he just seems to be the young, impetuous King. Milnes shows us why he was the logical American baritone successor to Tibbett, Warren, Weede, Merrill and MacNeil in the great Verdi roles .Grand Dame Renata Tebaldi as Amelia and Regina Resnik as Ulrica–both at the end of their best years; don't forget, their careers started in the mid-1940s ,the ladies acquit themselves well enough vocally and also add involved characterizations of their roles.
The film, commissioned by the BBC, follows Pavarotti through a momentous period of his life - as he says goodbye to some of the World's great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera House, New York and the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. This touching and sensitive film celebrates Maestro Pavarotti's life, from his humble beginnings in War torn Italy to his operatic debut and rise to international stardom. The film also includes scenes from Pavarotti's star-studded wedding to Nicoletta Mantovani as well as many interviews with his friends and family members and celebrities from accross the entertainment world.