VERONA, JUNE 30 – A benefit concert in. honor of Luciano Pavarotti will take place on September 6 at the Arena of Verona, in Italy. The revenue of event, that will pay tribute to the popular Italian tenor who died ten years ago, aged 71, will be partially donated to the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Organized by the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation together with Friends & Partners and the Universal Music Group on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the tenor’s death, the music gala will be also broadcast live on Rai Uno tv channel. The September 6 concert will be the first of a series of celebrations in honor of the legendary artist who was also UN Messenger of Peace and Goodwill Ambassador for the WFP: other music shows will take place in Tunisia, Qatar, Oman and Indonesia. Tribute nights in memory of Luciano Pavarotti are likely to be arranged also in China and the United States.
On the stage of the Arena of Verona many distinguished guests will perform, starting from Plácido Domingo and José Carreras, the two Spaniards opera singers along with whom, during the 1990s and early 2000s, Pavarotti formed a popular singing group called “The three Tenors” (baptized in July 1990 with a memorable concert at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome): together the three artists have changed the idea and the perception of the lyric throughout the world, bringing the music of the melodrama of the most famous composers in history to the four corners of the world.
Among the high-profile figures that will perform in Verona in the honour of “Lucianissimo”, also Italian tenors, Francesco Meli and Vittorio Grigolo, as well as the soprano Angela Gheorghiu, the tenor Fabio Armiliato and flutist Andrea Griminelli. The Italian pop star Zucchero will take part to the concert in Verona (the artist sang in 1992 along with Pavarotti a rendering of the famous opera song “Miserere”). Oscar winner Nicola Piovani will perform for the first time a song dedicated to the tenor, entitled “Luciano”.
Luciano Pavarotti died on 6 September 2007. In 2001 he received UNHCR’s Nansen Medal for his fundraising efforts for refugees from all over the world.
(@Onuitalia, June 30, 2017)