Director: Ron Howard
Release date: 15th July 2019
This documentary tells the story of one of the worlds biggest opera stars, Luciano Pavarotti. Born during the last war, he came from a musical family; his dad was a baker by trade but was also a great tenor. Luciano grew up and became a teacher in an Elementary school, but sang with his father in a choir. Music became the thing in life that gave him purpose. Then in 1961 he made his stage debut in a production of La Boheme and soon found the woman he would go on to marry, Adua. They had three children over a very short period of time and Pavarotti’s rise to fame had begun..
This documentary gives us an amazing insight into the life of one of the worlds greatest singing stars. A humble man, who from humble beginnings changed the face of opera forever and made it accessible to everyone. There is footage from throughout Pavarotti’s career; he carried a video camera everywhere to record life events. We see the highs and lows and the people who played important roles in his life and career. He loved to teach and used his gift to help others become better singers.
Even if you’re not a huge fan of the opera genre, this documentary is a must see. If you love real stories and enjoy following a story journey, then go see this on a big screen. The incredible version of Nessun Dorma at the climax of the documentary will swell your heart and bring back memories of the Italia ‘90 World Cup where he had a No. 2 entry in the U.K. Charts and made opera accessible to many people who otherwise may never have experienced it as a listener. Just before the climax of the tournament Pavarotti joined the other two thirds of the Three Tenors,
Plácido Domingo and José Carreras, to sing the famous aria again during a concert at the Baths of Caracalla the night before the final match.
A fascinating documentary about Luciano Pavarotti, one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th Century, go see it!