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Luciano Pavarotti Biography

Birth Place:
Modena, Italy
Opera singer

Fast Facts

  • At 19, he and his father, a singer and baker, performed with the Gioachino Rossini choir of Modena at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, where they won first prize in a voice competition
  • After winning the prestigious Concorso Internazionale singing contest in 1961, he left his job as a schoolteacher and made his operatic debut as Rodolfo in a production of La Boheme
  • Founded the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in 1980 to encourage opera hopefuls
  • To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his operatic debut, performed La Boheme in his hometown of Modena, Italy, and also became the first Westerner to give a concert in Beijing's Great Hall of People
  • His 1990 album The Essential Pavarotti was the first classical album to reach the top of the UK pop charts
  • Along with fellow Three Tenors Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo, performed the theme for the 1990 World Cup Finals in Rome
  • In 1992, launched Pavarotti and Friends, a benefit concert aimed at raising funds to help victims of war and civil conflict
  • Grief-stricken, he declined an invitation to sing at the 1997 funeral of his close friend Diana, Princess of Wales, but performed on a tribute album alongside Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen and U2
  • Received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001
  • In 2004, received a 12-minute standing ovation for his final performance in a staged opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera House


  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Cultural Program: nominated
  • 1990Grammy-Best Classical Vocal Performance: winner
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts: winner
  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts: nominated


  • Alice Pavarotti -- Daughter
  • Cristina Pavarotti -- Daughter
  • Giuliana Pavarotti -- Daughter
  • Lorenza Pavarotti -- Daughter
  • Adua Veroni -- Ex-wife
  • Fernando Pavarotti -- Father
  • Adele Venturi Pavarotti -- Mother
  • Nicoletta Mantovani -- Wife