Luciano Pavarotti: Italian of the Week

May 28, 2015 1028

Luciano Pavarotti was born on October 12, 1935 near Modena, Italy. His father was a baker and an amateur singer while his mother worked in a cigar factory. As a child, he wanted to play soccer, but he was also drawn to singing. He would spend his days listening to his father's recordings – his favorite quickly became the great operatic tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano.

As a teenager, Luciano traveled to Wales to compete with his local chorus group. They went on to win first place in the international singing competition. This win solidified his love for singing and inspired Luciano to take signing seriously. In 1961, he made his operatic debut as Rodolfo in the Puccini opera La bohème. 

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