Michael Shobe, Assistant Program Director, WQXR
Michael Shobe is the assistant program director for New York’s classical music radio station WQXR.
Luciano Pavarotti was the undisputed king of classical crossover. The late tenor was so popular and so admired in his day, that it seemed everyone on the music charts sang a duet with him. He was in such high demand, his booking agent probably had to have his own security detail.
In the 1990s Pavarotti brought opera and pop together in a way the world had never seen before. Many of the videos below are from his annual Pavarotti and Friends benefit concerts, which raised money for victims of war and violence in places like Bosnia, Guatemala, Kosovo and Iraq. He used his fame to help people in need, bringing some of the biggest stars in the world along to help.
One of the most beautiful of his duets was with diva Celine Dion.
And another with Mariah Carey.
And one with Stevie Wonder ... At about 5:30 the moment gets extra special.
Something a little more intimate with Joe Cocker.
He performed with a bunch of rock stars, too, like Jon Bon Jovi.
Bono, The Edge and Brian Eno.
And the guys from Queen.