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Sutherland, Jones, Pavarotti and Nucci perform Bella figlia dell’amore (Verdi)

Australian dramatic coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland, American mezzo-soprano Isola Jones, the legendary Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the Italian operatic baritone Leo Nucci perform “Bella figlia dell’amore” (English: Beautiful daughter of love), a vocal quartet from act 3 (No. 18) of Rigoletto, a 1851 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto of the opera was written by Francesco Maria Piave (18 May 1810 – 5 March 1876), the Italian opera librettist, based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo.
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O Paradis (from L’Africaine), Pavarotti, Lanza and Corelli versions

Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Lanza and Franco Corelli versions of O Paradis! (O Paradise!): the most famous aria of the 1865 grand opera L’Africaine (The African Woman), the last work of the German opera composer Giacomo Meyerbeer (born Jacob Liebmann Beer; 5 September 1791 – 2 May 1864). The French libretto was written by Eugène Scribe. The opera is about fictitious events in the life of the real historical person Vasco da Gama (c. 1460s – 23 December 1524) the Portuguese explorer. He was the first European to reach India by sea.
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Pavarotti – Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London (1982)

A gala concert by the legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1982. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kurt Herbert Adler.
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Pavarotti sings Granada (Lara)

The legendary Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti sings Agustín Lara’s Granada, a song about the Spanish city of Granada written in 1932 by the Mexican composer. Conductor: Leone Magiera, the Italian pianist and conductor. He was Luciano Pavarotti’s childhood friend, and was his piano accompanist and the preferred conductor.

Granada Lyrics

Spanish

Granada tierra soñada por mí
Mi cantar se vuelve gitano
Cuando es para ti.

Mi cantar hecho de fantasía
Mi cantar flor de melancolía
Que yo te vengo a dar.

Granada tierra ensangrentada
En tardes de toros,
Mujer que conserva el embrujo
De los ojos moros.

Te sueño rebelde y gitana
Cubierta de flores
Y beso tu boca de grana
Jugosa manzana
Que me habla de amores.

Granada manola cantada
En coplas preciosas,
No tengo otra cosa que darte
Que un ramo de rosas.

De rosas de suave fragancia
Que le dieron marco a la virgen morena.

Granada tu tierra esta llena
De lindas mujeres
De sangre y de sol.

English translation

Granada, land of dreams for me
My song becomes gypsy-like
When it is for you.

My song made of fantasy
My song a melancholy flower
That I come to give to you.

Granada, blood-stained soil
In bull fight afternoons
Woman who preserves the enchantment
Of Moorish eyes.

I dream of you rebellious, a gypsy
Covered with flowers
And I kiss your scarlet mouth
Juicy apple
That speaks to me of love affairs

Granada my beautiful sung
In precious verses
I have nothing else to give you
Than a bouquet of roses

Of roses of sweet fragrance
That framed the dark virgin.

Granada your land is full
Of lovely women
Of blood and sun

The Three Tenors sing Nessun Dorma

Most popular operatic singing group during the 1990s and early 2000s, the Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras sing Nessun Dorma, a very famous tenor aria from Giacomo Puccini’s opera in three acts, Turandot. Recorded on July 7, 1990 in Rome as the first Three Tenors concert with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Zubin Mehta, on the eve of Italia 90. The recording, released on the Decca Classics label, won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance in 1991 (33rd Grammy Awards).
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Luciano Pavarotti and Vincent Niclo – Funiculì, Funiculà (Chorus: Alexandrov Ensemble)

The legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the French light pop tenor singer Vincent Niclo sing the famous Neapolitan song “Funiculì, Funiculà”, with the chorus of Alexandrov Ensemble (widely known as the Red Army Chorus).
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Verdi – Requiem (Karajan, La Scala Orchestra and Chorus of Milan, including Pavarotti)

A great and dramatic presentation of Herbert von Karajan conducting La Scala Orchestra and Chorus of Milan with Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicolai Ghiaurov at an amazing version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. This 1967 filmed performance is a treasure of classical music.
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