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Pavarotti sings Mattinata (Leoncavallo)

The legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings “Mattinata” (English: Morning) by Ruggero Leoncavallo (from the Central Park Concert – in June 1993, more than 500,000 listeners gathered for his free performance on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park, while millions more around the world watched on television.). Composed in 1904, It was the first song ever written expressly for the Gramophone Company (the present day HMV). The song was dedicated to the great Italian tenor of the 20th century, Enrico Caruso; who was the first to record it in 1904 with the composer at the piano. Ever since, this piece has become a concert favorite.
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Mario Del Monaco sings Vesti la Giubba

The legendary Italian dramatic tenor who earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful voice, Mario Del Monaco (27 July 1915 – 16 October 1982) sings “Vesti La Giubba” (English: put on your costume), a famous tenor aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s 1892 opera Pagliacci (Clowns).
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Mario Lanza sings Vesti La Giubba

The legendary American tenor and Hollywood film star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Vesti La Giubba”, a famous tenor aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s 1892 opera Pagliacci (Clowns). From “For the First Time”, Lanza’s final film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1959.
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Pavarotti – A Gala Concert (Munich 1986)

A Gala Concert by Luciano Pavarotti at Olympia Hall, Munich, Germany. Munich Radio Orchestra, conductor: Emerson Buckley. Year: 1986.
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Pavarotti at Hyde Park (1991)

On July 30, 1991, Luciano Pavarotti has given a free concert in London’s Hyde Park to celebrate his 30 years in opera. A crowd more than 100,000 stood in the rain to watch and listen Luciano.
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Maria Callas sings “Voi lo sapete” from Cavalleria rusticana

Maria Callas sings “Voi lo sapete”, a soprano aria from Cavalleria rusticana, an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play and short story written by the Italian realist (Verismo) writer Giovanni Verga.
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Vesti la Giubba – Pavarotti and Corelli versions

Previously, I published a post about Vesti la Giubba’s 1902, 1904 and 1907 Enrico Caruso versions, 1904 recording has been sold more than one million copies, the first “million seller” in history. Here, another two opera giants of the 20th century, Franco Corelli and Luciano Pavarotti singing Vesti la giubba (English: put on the costume), a famous tenor aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s 1892 opera Pagliacci (Clowns).
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Enrico Caruso – Vesti la giubba (1902, 1904, 1907 editions)

Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was the first gramophone star to sell more than a million copies with his 1904 recording of “Vesti la giubba” from the opera “Pagliacci” (Clowns) by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Here are his recordings from 30th of November 1902, 1st of February 1904 and 17th of March 1907.
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