Last night there was a Fathom Event that featured Ron Howard's new movie about Luciano Pavarotti. This was irresistible, so I went. I arrived early and got to read through interesting events in Pavarotti's life.
For me the most fun was trying to identify people in the photographs who were not identified with captions or remarks. The only thing said about Mirella Freni was that she and Luciano had shared a wet nurse as babies. However, her picture appeared several times. I only remember Joan Sutherland mentioned for her contribution to his career. She taught him how to breathe. He mentioned that he felt her diaphragm working. This is a normal part of vocal training. I was also amused by brief remarks by Vittorio Grigolo describing how a tenor sound is an artificial, deliberately created sound. Any tenor needs to train with someone who understands this.
Early parts of the movie concerned them with the early parts of Luciano's operatic career. The San Francisco Opera is never mentioned, though he sang there many times and learned many new roles with the professional coaches there. After the Three Tenors concert in Rome in 1990, which I now recognize to have taken place in the Baths of Caracalla, he came to us no more.
There are quite a lot of interviews with his family, though the precise meaning of these only develops gradually. It is handled carefully. Luciano was very friendly and outgoing, made friends easily, including Princess Diana.
Then it moves into discussing his career as Pavarotti and Friends, something that does not particularly interest me. He made lots of money. My main complaint is there is a lot of talking and a lot less singing.
The movie ended with his spectacular performance in the Three Tenors Concert of Puccini's "Nessum dorma." The best singing in the film. Your curiosity will be fully satisfied, and there are lots of other sources for Luciano singing. #ad