From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two time Academy Award winning director Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. The 1990 World Cup in Italy was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Opera star Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras onstage in Rome watched by 1.4 billion worldwide. Their powerful rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard, and Pavarotti realised his long held dream of bringing opera into the mainstream. Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti's story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself.
Thanks to a partnership with Decca Records and unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and extensive live music footage, we see Pavarotti's personal story emerge: from his humble beginnings in Northern Italy through to global superstardom. We travel the world with Pavarotti. We get to know the great tenor as a husband and a father, a committed philanthropist, as well as a fragile artist who had a complex relationship with his own unique talents and unprecedented success.
Pavarotti's musical talent emerged in a church choir, where he sang with his father, Fernando Pavarotti, who was a baker. His father also had a terrific tenor voice, but stage fright prevented him from developing his talent.
Before the singer died he returned to his Catholic faith. Pope Benedict XVI, sent messages conveying their condolences, expressed his sorrow at the loss of "a great artist who with his extraordinary interpretative talent honoured the divine gift of music".
Pavarotti's three eldest daughters spoke out in prayer at their father's funeral, and said: "We thank God for having given Dad the gift of a great voice and we pray that he will allow him to use it in heaven to sing his praise."
On 13th July - For One Night Only - KOVA PR and EONE are working together to provide an exclusive preview with a satellite Q&A featuring an introduction from director Ron Howard, special guests and a Three Tenors aria remastered for the first time on the big screen. Buy tickets online here www.pavarottifilm.co.uk and find free resources for the film at www.kovapr.com/resources
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