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Hi Everyone,

There is much happiness going on around here!!  Il Volo is coming back, not just for their March concert with Laura, but touring The US again this year! The concerts are fewer than usual, but we understand their need to travel to other countries, especially ones they have not been to before. We have to share although it’s hard!!!

This time we’ll have a look at the great Italian tenor, Pavarotti. Piero says the first CD he bought was one of Luciano Pavarotti’s.

Luciano Pavarotti,  12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into the upper register—and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century.

As one of The Three Tenors, Pavarotti became well known for his televised concerts and media appearances. From the beginning of his professional career as a tenor in 1961 in Italy to his final performance of “Nessun dorma” at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Pavarotti was at his best in bel canto operas, pre-Aida Verdi roles, and Puccini works such as La bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. Pavarotti was also noted for his charity work on behalf of refugees and the Red Cross, amongst others. He died from pancreatic cancer on 6 September 2007.     pav2

Luciano Pavarotti was born in 1935 on the outskirts of Modena in Northern Italy, the son of Fernando Pavarotti, a baker and amateur tenor, and Adele Venturi, a cigar factory worker. Although he spoke fondly of his childhood, the family had little money; its four members were crowded into a two-room apartment. According to Pavarotti, his father had a fine tenor voice but rejected the possibility of a singing career because of nervousness. World War II forced the family out of the city in 1943. For the following year they rented a single room from a farmer in the neighbouring countryside, where the young Pavarotti developed an interest in farming.

After abandoning the dream of becoming a football goalkeeper. Pavarotti spent seven years in vocal training. Pavarotti’s earliest musical influences were his father’s recordings, most of them featuring the popular tenors of the day – Beniamino Gigi, Giovann Martinelli, Tito Schipa, and Enrico Carus. Pavarotti’s favourite tenor and idol was Giuseppe Di Stefano and he was also deeply influenced by Mario Lanza, saying: “In my teens I used to go to Mario Lanza movies and then come home and imitate him in the mirror”. At around the age of nine he began singing with his father in a small local church choir.

After what appears to have been a normal childhood with a typical interest in sports—in Pavarotti’s case football above all, he graduated from the Scuola Magistrale and faced the dilemma of a career choice. He was interested in pursuing a career as a professional football goalkeeper, but his mother convinced him to train as a teacher. He subsequently taught in an elementary school for two years but finally allowed his interest in music to win out. Recognising the risk involved, his father gave his consent only reluctantly.

Pavarotti began the serious study of music in 1954 at the age of 19 with Arrigo Pola, a respected teacher and professional tenor in Modena who offered to teach him without remuneration.


While undertaking an international “farewell tour,” Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2006. The tenor fought back against the implications of this diagnosis, undergoing major abdominal surgery and making plans for the resumption and conclusion of his singing commitments.He died at his home in Modena on 6 September 2007. Within hours of his death, his manager, Terri Robson, noted in an e-mail statement, “The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterized his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness.

Pavarotti was born in the outskirts of Modena in Northern Italy.

Modena  is a city and comune (municipality) on the south side of the Po Valley, in the Province of Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.


An ancient town, it is the seat of an archbishop, but is now known as “the capital of engines”, since the factories of the famous Italian sports car makers Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati are, or were, located here and all, except Lamborghini, have headquarters in the city or nearby. Lamborghini is headquartered not far away in Sant’Agata Bolognese in the adjacent Province of Bologna. One of Ferrari’s cars, the 360 Modena, was named after the town itself. One of the colors for Ferraris is Modena yellow.

Modena is well known in culinary circles for its production of balsamic vinegar and also for its Military Academy, Italy’s “West Point”, which is housed in the Ducal Palace.


Famous Modenesi include Mary of Modena, the Queen consort of England and Scotland; operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935–2007) and soprano Mirella Freni, born in Modena itself; Enzo Ferrari (1898–1988), eponymous founder of the Ferrari motor company; the Catholic Priest and Senior Exorcist of Vatican Gabriele Amorth; renowned chef Massimo Bottura and the rock singer Vasco Rossi who was born in Zocca, one of the 47 comuni in the Province of Modena.

Latest tweets include, “In Bologna” from Gianluca. Piero celebrating food and family this past Sunday and Ignazio sporting his new tatoo “Born To Rock” and in English too!!

Up to date tweet from Piero, “On the way to Rome”, can flight to here be far behind?

Pretty soon we can get back to our “In Case You Missed It” column as we get more and more information about their tour. Keep checking the right side of the site page under  ‘Coming Up..Il Volo’, for the latest tour dates as we get them.

 **More tour dates are coming out, but we won’t post until we have confirmation.

**** New tour date from Helen. June 19th at Freedom Hall Amphitheatre, Sterling Hts. MI.

******* Here is a link to vote for “The World Award” for Latin Billboards. It is a popularity award.


Hope you enjoyed a look at Pavarotti and his birthplace of Modena!

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, we are so looking forward to seeing you again! Love and Luck!                                  cropped-a-mlla-linked-feb-5th.jpg


20 thoughts on “DID YOU KNOW????”

  1. Linda… I just learn more and MORE good stuff on this site. I really appreciate all the great info on Pavarotti, so much of which I did not know.. Have always admired his marvelous voice so much.
    Also, what a pleasure it was to learn about another area of Italy, and what lovely pictures of the region you showed. Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you expended to make all of us so much happier!!! These gems of information that you girls write make my day every day!!!

  2. “Nessun Dorma” — only as Pavarotti sang it– will forever be one of my favorites. I remember the first time I ever heard of him or The Three Tenors was the summer I turned 16 (I believe), during their PBS TV special from LA with Zuben Mehta. He sang that song, and I literally couldn’t breathe, and tears rolled down my cheeks–it was too beautiful. And it is so weird…I felt…I don’t know…proud…when he sang it for the Olympics in Torino. It was just as marvelous, and watching so many American athletes with awe and respect on their faces as they cheered…in describable! Thanks, Linda. 🙂

    1. Kelly…. I had the EXACT same experience with Pavarotti and Nessun Dorma ( the 3 Tenors with Zubin Mehta conducting). I was absolutely “done in” by that aria, and it is my favorite to this day. Did you know that Brian Boitano skated to Nessun Dorma for one of the most breathtaking performances I’ve ever witnessed.

      I am not an opera buff, but I went to and sat through “Turandot” just for that one aria and it was worth it!

  3. Yes, I am so excited to know they will be back soon. Your article on Pavarotti was wonderful! He has always been a favorite of mine. As always, this is THE BEST SITE! Thank you!

  4. Just love the “Did You Know” page. Thanks so much, Linda! You’re right, Maryjane, this is the best site!!

  5. Who doesn’t love Pavarotti he simply is the best tenor ever. One of the most memorable moment for me is when he sang O Sole Mio with his two tenor friends on the 1994 Christmas concert in Los Angeles. It is so fun to watch them singing and making fun to each other. They kind of remind me of our guys – three remarkable artists who are like brothers. You can watch it on YouTube just look up “The 3 tenors O Sole Mio 1994”.

    I am so excited knowing our guys is coming back and performing soon. Flight Crew it’s finally time for us to meet each other! Yeah!!

    Thanks Linda for the lovely write up.

  6. I can’t wait, hope their coming to NY       On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 06:43 PM, Il Volo Flight Crew ~Share The Love wrote:    

    nurselin61 posted: ”

    Hi Everyone,

    There is much happiness going on around here!!  Il Volo is coming back, not just for their March concert with Laura, but touring The US again this year! The concerts are fewer than usual, but we understand their need to travel to other”

  7. Hi everyone I just discovered the June 20th concert is on a riverboat in Elgin Illinois with Elgin Symphony Orchestra travelling with them.
    Their looking up in the world. Totally different than they have ever done in fact along the same lines as the Ratlesnake Restaurant. Probably EXPENSIVE

  8. I absolutely loved The Three Tnors, and a very big fan of Mario Lanza. Thank you Linda for your wonderful article on Pavarotti . I have learned so much from this site. Goodness Jane, do you think Elgin will be the nearest concert for us?

  9. I expect most if not all of you have seen this tour date by now, but I will post it anyway. Il Volo will be at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, MI, on Thurs., June 19. Ticket details to follow.

  10. Will you ever run out of famous singers or interesting cities?!?! Love coming here to learn! I am soooooooooooo hoping I will find a way to see The Guys this year!

  11. I hope you do to Isabel! Columbus or Cincinnati would be good! If they came to Columbus I would do cartwheels! Not really. Never could do them. Would break a hip trying and miss the concert.

  12. folks, if you want to see the beautiful photo’s Cristian Palmieri took of Gianluca, just type in “Gianluca Ginoble through the lens of Cristian Palmieri”. a page will come up at the top is written “All About Il Volo.” just scroll down to the pictures and you can klick on them individualy to see each one enlarged. I actually printed them, but the printer dicided to cut him in half and print two pages, so I had to stick him back together in the middle, but I got some beautiful large photos

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