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September 6, 2007

Pavarotti's choral beginings

BBC News:

Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti who has died from cancer at the age of 71 first launched his singing career at Wales' Llangollen eisteddfod.

It was while performing at the international festival in 1955 with a male choir that the Italian tenor first tasted musical stardom. The tenor returned to sing at Llangollen 40 years later in 1995.

Reacting to news of his death on Thursday, Llangollen eisteddfod chief executive Gwyn L Williams said Pavarotti's experience in Llangollen half a century ago had actually inspired him to turn professional.

Pavarotti was training as a school teacher when he travelled to Llangollen aged 19 as a member of the Choral Rossini, a male chorus from Modena in northern Italy.

The choir also included his father, an opera lover and gifted amateur tenor, and when they won first prize, it fired Pavarotti's musical ambitions.

"He came to Llangollen for the first time as a young lad in 1955 with his father Fernando with a choir from Modena," said Mr Williams.

"The choir had the first prize and Luciano Pavarotti was always referring back to the experience as the most important experience in his life and what inspired him to turn professional."

"He once said if he could win the first prize with a small choir from Modena then he could do anything. And that what was his attitude to singing all his life."

Posted by acapnews at September 6, 2007 10:30 PM

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