LUCHANO PAVAROTTI – THE KING OF THE TOP “DO”
The success achieved by Luciano Pavarotti was not yet in any tenor. He turned arias into hits. To hear him, the stadiums gathered. He was great because his soul was revealed through a voice. There are opera singers in the world, and Pavarotti himself was an opera. None of the latest generation opera tenors possessed such a sunny timbre of voice and such ability to communicate with the audience.
Son of an italian baker
The fertile Italian province of Emilia Romagna is the birthplace of Parmesan cheese and Lambrusco wine. And in the city of Modena in this province, balsamic vinegar was invented. It was there on October 12, 1935 that Luciano Pavarotti was born. His father worked as a baker, but really wanted to become an opera tenor. The singing baker was a celebrity of Modena. He sang in the church choir and in the opera. Fernando had an excellent voice, and he could easily become a singer, but he did not have the courage – because of the fear of the scene, the man remained in the bakery. Pavarotti’s mother, Adele, was proud of her husband and firstborn. Luciano grew up in a manger of a tobacco factory where his mother worked.
Luciano’s peaceful childhood was overshadowed by the shadow of war. The Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti, the Nazis fought on the side of the Nazis, but the province of Emilia-Romagna remained a stronghold of the partisans. They defeated the Nazis, but the Germans nevertheless came to this land. Then Luciano was 8 years old. In 1945, the inhabitants of Modena met the Americans, who became for them a symbol of liberation after two years of occupation and terror. These years have influenced Luciano. Already being a star, he always opposed war.
Luciano’s first performance was when he was 4 years old. He sang “The heart of beauties is prone to treason.” The audience, consisting of grandmothers, aunts and mother, was simply fascinated. Later, in the house of one of the friends, the yard guys held singing contests in which Luciano became the unchanged winner. singer Luciano Pavarotti He always sought to be the first in everything – whether it be a game of football, riding a bicycle or running a race. Sometimes he helped friends charm girls with serenades under the windows. Those stood near the house and opened their mouths, imitating singing, and Luciano in the arch gave out excellent overflows.
Once, a 12-year-old Luciano barefoot played football with boys and injured his leg on a nail. Blood poisoning began, he spent several weeks in a coma, but miraculously survived. To please his son after recovery, his father first took him to the Modena opera, where the young man heard the tenor Benjamin Gili. Luciano was shocked. Then he realized that he wanted to become not just famous, but a great tenor. After 16 years, this happened …
Pavarotti met his love at a party. To impress, Luciano sang the love song Swallow’s Nest. Subsequently, he admired millions of listeners with this song. But then in 1952 he sang only for her – 16-year-old Adua. The girl studied better, and they began to study together, saw each other every day. At school, this romantic story is still being told about them. Love survived the school season, and in 1955 their engagement took place, which turned out to be long. Both of them worked as teachers – Luciano taught physical education, worked as an insurance agent, at the same time took singing lessons from Arrigo Polo.
For many years, Pavarotti and his father sang in the best and most famous Italian choir – Rossini’s choir. At the competition in the British Llangollen, the singers Luciano Pavarotti won the best choirs. For the first time, Pavarotti felt success, but still remained in the shadow of his father, whose voice was considered better. Between them there was a gentle rivalry. Father said: “Who knows what he would achieve if he had my voice.”
When the teacher left for Japan, another maestro, Ettori Campogalliani, agreed with Luciano to study. Pavarotti, along with his childhood friend Mirella Freni (who also became an opera celebrity), traveled to the teacher for tens of kilometers. They succeeded more in singing than in reading music, but the maestro was in no hurry to re-educate them. He believed that the voices of young people sound so natural that changing this does not make sense.
First successes Luciano Pavarotti
In 1960, Luciano Pavarotti took part in the competition of the Theater Reggio Emilia. The main prize is the leading role in the new opera. Luciano was confident in his victory. And then something happened that no one could believe. Due to laryngitis, it seemed that he was drawing notes. As a result, Pavarotti took second place. For the perfectionist, this was a bitter defeat. A year later, the persistent Luciano tried again and won. He got the role of Rudolph in Puccini’s opera Bohemia. And the role of Mimi was played by his girlfriend Mirella Freni.
singer Luciano Pavarotti, Luciano and Adua
Finally, Luciano and Adua were able to get married, though the singer’s fee barely covered the cost of the wedding. Adua continued to work as a teacher, because Luciano earned by today’s standards 90 euros per concert.
In October 1962, shortly before the birth of their first child, a turning point came when Luciano did not come home because he and his friends celebrated his success at Rigoletto.