The Flawless Technique of Luciano Pavarotti

April 3, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Luciano Pavarotti was not just a charismatic performer with one of the most beautiful voices of a generation. He also boasted a vocal technique that has been the envy of every singer who heard him. Navigating the passaggio, or the break between vocal registers, is a skill which can make or break an operatic tenor. This week, hear how Pavarotti mastered his passaggio in music by Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi.


Francesco Paolo Tosti: “‘A vucchella”
with pianist John Wustman

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
Quartet, “Bella figlia dell’amore”
with Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, and Sherrill Milnes
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Bonynge, conductor

Gioachino Rossini: Stabat Mater
II. Cujus Animam
London Symphony Orchestra
István Kertész, conductor

Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
“Maledetto sia l’istante” (The Curse)
RAI Symphony and Chorus of Turin
Francesco Molinari Pradelli, conductor

Gaetano Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore
“Una furtiva lagrima”
English Chamber Orchestra
Richard Bonynge, conductor

This episode of Listening to Singers will be available for listening on-demand until April 16.