Lou Reed, Opera Duet Singer?

Monday, November 04, 2013 - 01:00 PM

As tributes to the late Lou Reed continue, two videos highlighting his operatic side have resurfaced.

One features the rocker singing beside Renee Fleming at a 2009 Prague concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of the former Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution. The unlikely duet version of "Perfect Day" was said to be the idea of Václav Havel, the former Czech President and a longtime fan of Reed's music.

Watch the video below (hat tip: Slipped Disc blog):


Six years earlier, an audience of 20,000 turned out for the annual charity Pavarotti and Friends Concert, staged in Luciano Pavarotti's home town of Modena, Italy. Along with duets with Sting and James Brown, the tenor joined Reed in a singular rendition of "Perfect Day."

Watch and tell us in the comments below: which of the two duets is more successful – that with Fleming or with Pavarotti?


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Comments [2]


Young Reed and Pavarotti seem to be tonally better matched then Old Reed and the most wonderful soprano of Renee Fleming...

Nov. 08 2013 12:34 PM
Y. King

These collaborations with the opera singers remind me of a 1997 BBC television commercial, which featured the song "A Perfect Day", sung and played by many different artists of many different genres, including classical music and opera. The purpose of the advertisement was to show the public that their television license fees made it possible to cater to every musical taste.

I still love the commercial, and it is still my favorite version of the song.

Nov. 04 2013 07:46 PM

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