Listen: Newly Discovered Early Pavarotti Recording to be Released

Listen to a short sample of the rediscovered recording

Friday, August 02, 2013 - 04:00 PM

A recently discovered recording of Luciano Pavarotti – believed to be the late tenor's first – will be commercially released in October by Decca records as part of a new compilation.

The recording, of "Che Gelida Manina" from Puccini’s La Bohème, was made on Aug. 25, 1963, as part of his English television debut on “Sunday Night at the London Palladium,” a popular weekly variety show. An estimated 15 million viewers tuned in that night to hear the 27-year-old singer.

The tape lay unheard in the singer's personal archives for five decades before it was unearthed by his widow, Nicoletta Mantovani, and re-mastered for release.

The same year as the recording, Pavarotti made his Royal Opera House debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème and was immediately signed by Decca. To mark the anniversary, the label will release an album of 50 of his notable arias, songs and duets.

In a statement, Mantovani said: "It is so wonderful that Decca is keeping Luciano's memory alive in this way, particularly with the celebration of this momentous anniversary."

Last month, Mantovani sold Pavarotti's former New York apartment in the Hampshire House on Central Park South, for $999,990. The Real Deal reports that it was one of three units Pavarotti owned on the same floor of this building. In November, Mantovani offloaded one of the one-bedroom properties to the same buyers. She reportedly plans to keep the third apartment, a two-bedroom unit, for herself.



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Peter Kors from Los Angeles

I saw Luciano in Boheme, SFO, in 1968-69. Sempre favoloso!!!

Aug. 07 2013 08:53 PM

I believe the "first" recording of Pavarotti is a Che Gelida Manina taped in a Boheme performance at a small opera house in Italy in 1961 after he won the part of Rodolpho in a competition.This recording has been circulating for years. There is an audible collective gasp and short applause interrupting the music just after his brilliant hi C. The story behind this taping is that the author Vladimir Nabokov had the recording equipment set up because his son was singing Marcello. I,also, have a special tape of "A Mes Amis" that his wife took with a portable Uher cassette recorder from the wings during his original opening night at the Met of "La Fille du Regiment".

Aug. 03 2013 09:24 AM
Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

This brief snippet shows a young artist on the cusp of a great career.The sound quality leaves much to be desired,but Pavarotti's sound is still present,as he sang the piece in the original key,hitting a high "C" in live performance,something he didn't always do later in his career.

Aug. 03 2013 03:12 AM

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